McConnell Fires Back After NBC Report Ties Him to Slave Owning Ancestors

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fired back after an NBC report on Monday tied him to his slave-owning ancestors.

According to the report, two of McConnell’s great-grandfathers — James McConnell and Richard Daley — owned at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama, based on data from the 1850 and 1860 censuses’ “slave schedules.”

McConnell fired back at the report on Tuesday, telling reporters that he found himself in the “same position” as former President Barack Obama, in that they “both opposed reparations” and are both “the descendants of slave-owners.”

“I find myself once again in the same position as President Obama,” McConnell said. “We both opposed reparations and we both are the descendants of slave-owners.”

The Kentucky senator was referring to a 2007 report from the Baltimore Sun that revealed two ancestors of the former president owned slaves in the 1800s.

Some Twitter users blasted the report, with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeting that it was “stunning to see” this kind of report come from “a major news outlet.”

“Even given the derangement gripping our current politics it’s still stunning to see a major news outlet write up something like this,” wrote Rubio.

The report’s publishing came after the Senate majority leader pushed back against the idea of reparations last month, saying that he did not believe it was a “good idea” as “none of us currently living are responsible.”

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” McConnell said. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president.”

“We’re always a work in progress in this country,” added McConnell. “But no one currently was alive was responsible for that.”

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Bonnie Keever
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I wonder how they are going to hold black slave owners accountable the blacks were not the only slaves and we as Americans did not bring slaves over the French the English ect and sold them just like their own country sold them yes Africa. When tribes went to war the winning tribe took the tribe as slaves as it is true today

Susan Wilson
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Susan Wilson

Noone currently alive was a slave then either. If we move for reparations for slave ancestors, are we going to include the Irish and other non Africans who were also ancestors of slaves?

Paul
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This kind of review, I think, goes beyond just liberal vs. conservative. It is stupid and ridiculous. No matter what one thinks of McConnell, what his ancestors did 150 years ago should have nothing to do with him today. His feelings and opinions are his own, and cannot be based on long-ago history.

Larry K
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Larry K

Typical liberal LUNACY…..

David Weaver
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This is so stupid. This man had nothing to do with ANY of his ancestor’s or what they did or did not do. This is akin to trying to blame a young man or woman for some crime their great grandfathers committed.

Rivahmitch
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Rivahmitch

Frankly, as Rhett Butler said,”I don’t give a damn”

Sarg
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Sarg

You Dems and the Dems news media that keeps bringing up slavery just to get vote are low life buffoons! I’m a black person and I’m sick of the race baiting for votes. This man has nothing to do with what his ancestors did no more than what ours did. So stop it you idiots! The Democrate party only makes black people feel they can’t make it without them and a lot of them drink this kool aid of this nonsense. The Dems were the KKK in the past! The majority of Dems voted against the voting rights bill. Black… Read more »

Otis
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My ancestors from Ireland owned sixteen slaves in the 1840’s and ’50’s.they were buried ‘inside’ the family cemetery which was rare in those days.
In retrospect, they were six generations removed from my mother. I surely must still carry that ‘Massa’ taint.

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