Mitch McConnell, Aug. 16, 2018; Barack Obama, Aug. 28, 2014 (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Getty/Alex Wong)

McConnell invokes Obama in argument against reparations: "We elected an African-American president”

"No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea," the Senate majority leader tells reporters


David Edwards
June 18, 2019 10:00PM (UTC)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Tuesday that the United States does not need to pay reparations for slavery in part because “we elected an African-American president.”

McConnell was confronted with a question about reparations during a press gaggle at the Capitol.

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“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” the Kentucky Republican opined. “We 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.”

“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that,” he added. “And I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it.”

McConnell argued that “it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate.”

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“We’ve had waves of immigrants as well who have come to the country and experienced dramatic discrimination of one kind or another,” he remarked. “So, no, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”


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