McConnell: Trump ‘on to something’ with attacks on four congresswomen

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“We’ve got to tone the rhetoric down across the country,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Donald Trump is “on to something” with his inflammatory attacks against four congresswomen, attempting to frame the president’s racist rhetoric as rooted in ideological differences between the Republican and Democratic parties.

“I think the president is on to something,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Fox Business Network, citing his opposition to policy proposals, including the Green New Deal and Medicare For All, espoused by some progressive lawmakers and 2020 White House hopefuls.

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“We’re in a big debate now and next year about what we want America to be like,” McConnell said. “Do we really think socialism applies here at a time of great prosperity, 50-year-low unemployment? That’s what the election I think is going to be about.”

After tweeting Sunday that the quartet of high-profile House members — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — should “go back” to where they came from, the president has since sought to brand their more liberal agenda as representative of congressional Democrats and his…



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