Marc Short, a senior adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence and onetime director of legislative affairs under then-President Trump, said it was "obviously wrong" for the former president to use a "racial slur" against Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump's former transportation secretary.
Short made the comments in an interview on CBS News' "Red and Blue" Monday night, after Trump last week posted on his platform Truth Social that McConnell has a "DEATH WISH" for voting with Democrats to approve a stop-gap funding bill, and called Chao, "his China-loving wife, Coco Chow." Short called the post "erroneous," to say the least, highlighting how much Chao has done for the cause of freedom in China. .
"I think that you know, it's important to remember that Elaine Chao and her family have been strong crusaders against communist China their whole lives.
"I think that Elaine Chao has been a strong crusader against communist China
I think the president's factually wrong in his tweet, much less to the notion of him taking a racial slur like that I think was obviously wrong."
But again," he added, "I don't think there's any place for the tweet he sent out the other night, and I think it's entirely wrong."