Ex-coal baron takes swipe at "China people" in political ad

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Blankenship, along with Rep. Evan Jenkins of Huntington and State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, seek to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen.

Blankenship says the ad is in response to false, negative ads that McConnell's "swamp people" are running against him.

Coal baron Don Blankenship doubled down on controversial language he used to criticize Senator Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) father-in-law in a new ad that he published Thursday in his campaign to win the Republican nomination to fight for West Virginia's U.S. Senate seat.

Blankenship filed for the Senate seat after serving prison time for violating federal mine safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine in southern West Virginia, where an explosion in 2010 killed 29 men. Joe Manchin, suggesting that Blankenship is a liability for Republicans.

McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, is Chinese American and now serves as secretary of transportation. So far, his campaign has been mostly self-funded.

Blankenship has been called "the worst candidate in America" and spurred think pieces about how he's "testing the limits of Trumpism".

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In a Republican primary debate Wednesday night, Blankenship defended the comments, saying, "This idea that calling someone a "Chinaperson" - I mean, I'm an American-person - I don't see this insinuation by the press that there is something racist about saying a 'Chinaperson.' Some people are Korean-persons, some people are African-persons".

Blankenship is at odds with McConnell, who he says is "spending millions to defeat me".

Nationwide GOP compels are believed to be behind the Mountain family members PAC, a firm created in March that's spent more than700,000 assaulting Blankenship about tv.

Blankenship also repeated his recent nickname for McConnell, "Cocaine Mitch", an apparent reference to a seizure of drugs on one of Chao's family's ships. Even a spokesman for the Senate GOP's most powerful super pa-c has diminished to support or deny a connection to this category.

"I am not just ready to help President Trump drain the swamp— I am the only candidate that is capable of doing so".