Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats’ plan for reparations for slavery on Tuesday, saying, “no one currently alive was responsible for that.”
While addressing the media on Capitol Hill, the Kentucky Republican was asked about the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties holding a hearing this week on reparations.
The hearing, which was scheduled and created by Democrats, will feature testimony from left-wing Hollywood actor Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who are attempting to make the case for reparations.
When asked about whether the U.S. Senate will take up any measure on the issue, McConnell made it clear that he would never let that happen.
REPORTER: There’s going to be a hearing on reparations for slavery tomorrow. I’m wondering where do you stand on that issue. Do you believe in reparations for slavery and, if not, should there be an apology from Congress or from the president in recognition of the theft of labor.
MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL: 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. We’ve 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 is responsible for that and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it’s hard to figure out who to compensate. Waves of immigrants who’ve come to the country as well and experiences dramatic discrimination of one kind or another. So no, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.
Mitch McConnell on why he opposes reparations for slavery: "No one currently alive was responsible for that." pic.twitter.com/e3hFHQQke9
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) June 18, 2019
The idea of reparations for slavery has become a hot topic in recent months, especially given several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have publicly endorsed the idea.
Earlier this month, failed Texas senatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke put his full support behind reparations.
“The answer is yes. We must repair this country from its very founding, kidnapping peoples from West Africa, bringing them here in bondage to literally build the wealth of the United States,” he said. “The path there, though, has to come through learning and telling this American story with everyone. Then, I think, we define what reparations look like.”
In March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a detailed answer on the question of reparations for black Americans.
“I love the idea of this congressional commission,” the Massachusetts Democrat said at Jackson State University, a historically black school. “I believe it’s time to start the national, full-blown conversation about reparations.”
Back in February, Sen. Kamala Harris admitted that she supports “some sort” of reparations to African-Americans for slavery.
It’s nothing short of pandering to a small segment of a critical demographic that lives in the past.