We’re not sure what’s worse in this tweet from Playboy Senior WH correspondent Brian Karem: 1. That he calls Mitch McConnell “Satan’s fluffer” or 2. He was too lazy to check the already-debunked attack on his wealth?

As for McConnell’s wealth. . .

. . .there’s really nothing to walk through. They inherited it from Elaine Chao’s family:

From the Washington Post:

So what happened in 2008? His financial disclosure form tells the story — suddenly there appeared a tax-exempt money market fund, valued at between $5 million and $25 million, listed as a “gift from a filer’s relative.”

A McConnell spokesman in 2014 told The Fact Checker that this was an inheritance for McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, after her mother died in 2007. Forbes magazine obtained the will of Ruth Chao in 2019 and reported that “she personally had nearly $59 million of assets to her name, according to an inventory filed with her will.” Forbes estimated that about $9 million was passed to Elaine Chao, “rather than the $25 million maximum that was reported on McConnell’s disclosure.” Her father, James S.C. Chao, founded what is today a major shipping company, the Foremost Group, but the Transportation Department has said she has no affiliation with the shipping business.

Remember this the next time Karem “reports” something.

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