Democratic Operative Deletes Twitter Account After Racist Comments

Kathy Groob on Mitch McConnell’s wife: 'She isn’t from KY. She’s Asian’

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R.,Ky.) and his wife, Elaine Chao / AP

A Democratic operative deleted her Twitter account after being accused of making racist attacks against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) wife.

Kathy Groob, a self-described "advocate for women in politics," took to Twitter on Saturday to repeatedly note that Elaine Chao, a former Labor Secretary and McConnell’s wife, is "Asian."

The Blaze recaps: 

In the run-up to speeches McConnell and his Democrat opponent for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, were giving in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, on Saturday, Groob jumped on the ethnicity of McConnell’s wife: 

"Hey Mitch, nothing against you wife and spouses should be off limits; since you mentioned, she isn’t from KY, she is Asian." 

Failing to explain what Asian ethnicity has to do with not being from Kentucky, Groob doubled down: "Either way, she’s not from KY," she noted to those questioning her words, "she is Asian and Bush openly touted that." 

And finally: "Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell’s wife. No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian."

The Kentucky Democratic Party quickly condemned Groob’s comments on Twitter, saying, "These comments are abhorrent and have no place in Kentucky politics. We strongly denounce them."

Groob later apologized for her "poor choice of words," and then deleted her account.

In response to Groob, McConnell praised his wife, who was born in Taiwan and came to America aboard a freight ship when she was 8 years old.

"They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign," he said.

"Elaine Chao is just as much an American as any of the rest of them," McConnell said. "In fact, she had to go through a lot more to become an American."