Rick Scott responds to Trump's 'death wish' attack on Mitch McConnell

Florida Senator Rick Scott, a member of the Republican leadership in the upper chamber, said Sunday that he "does not condone violence" after Donald Trump attacked Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and suggested McConnell had a "death wish." — but Scott briefly paused from condemning the former president.
Trump wrote in a post on his Truth Social website last week that McConnell must have a "death wish" after supporting an ongoing resolution on federal funding.
Trump went on to criticize McConnell's wife in racist terms, writing to "seek help and advice [sic] from his China-loving wife, Coco Chow"! Trump was referring to Taiwanese Elaine Chao. Chao was Trump's transportation secretary until she resigned after January 6
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Scott, who heads the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, was asked his opinion on Trump's attack on McConnell during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union.
"I can never talk about and respond to why someone else says what they said," Scott said. "But that's how I see it: I think the President is saying a lot of money has been spent in the last two years. We have to make sure we don't keep giving in to the Democrats, that's causing incredible inflation and creating more and more debt."
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Scott then shrugged off the insult about Chao.
“As you know, the President likes to give people nicknames. You can ask him how he got the nickname," Scott said. "I'm sure he has a nickname for me."
"But this is what I do know: we have to be careful how we spend our money, we have to stop this inflation," he said. "I do not condone violence, and I hope no one else condones violence."
PHOTO: Senator Rick Scott speaks during a news conference in Washington July 26, 2022. (Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE)
Trump's team, following the former president's "death wish" comment, have insisted that this was meant in a political sense and was not advocating physical harm.
On CNN on Sunday, Scott was pressed about the racist nature of Trump's single-handling of Chao. He replied: "It's never okay to be a racist. I think you always have to be careful about how you say things when you're in public. They want to make sure you're inclusive.”
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Trump and McConnell, though close legislative allies through much of the Trump administration, grew estranged after Jan. 6.
While McConnell did not vote to condemn Trump during his second impeachment, he said in a February 2021 speech that Trump was "morally responsible" for the deadly U.S. Capitol riot.
Trump has since repeatedly denounced McConnell, which McConnell usually ignores in public. His office did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
Rick Scott responds to Trump's "death wish" attack on Mitch McConnell, which originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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