Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Sunday didn’t condemn former President Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric focusing on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his racist insult of McConnell’s spouse Elaine Chao.
Trump on Friday criticized the Kentucky Republican for supporting Democratic-sponsored laws, saying “he has a DEATH WISH.” In the identical put up on his social media platform, Trump ripped Chao, who was his transportation secretary, saying McConnell “must immediately seek help and advice from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!”
Chao resigned from Trump’s administration following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Scott, requested about Trump’s remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union” from an emergency operations heart in Naples, Florida, mentioned he “can never talk about and respond to why anybody else says what they said.”
“As you know, the president likes to give people nicknames. So you can ask him how he came up with a nickname. I’m sure he has a nickname for me,” mentioned Scott, who heads Senate Republicans’ marketing campaign arm. “But here’s what I know. We got to watch how we spend our money.”
He continued: “And I don’t condone violence. And I hope any ― no one else condones violence.”
While Trump didn’t straight say what laws he was referring to, McConnell final week voted in favor of a stopgap spending invoice that included funding for Ukraine in addition to money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reply to Hurricane Ian and future disasters. Scott didn’t assist the invoice.
CNN’s Dana Bash pressed Scott about Trump’s racist language.
“It’s never, ever OK to be a racist. It’s — look, I think you always have to be careful if you’re in the public eye how you — how you say things. You want to make sure you’re inclusive,” Scott mentioned.
Scott continued: “So I hope no one is racist. I hope no one says anything that’s inappropriate.”
Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has spatted with McConnell over the GOP’s prospects of retaking the Senate.
McConnell cited candidate high quality as a think about whether or not the Republicans would be capable to win management of the chamber. Scott seemed to take issue with McConnell’s feedback in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner final month.
“If you want to trash-talk our candidates to help the Democrats, pipe down,” Scott wrote. “That’s not what leaders do. And Republicans need to be leaders that build up the team and do everything they can to get the entire team over the finish line.”