Mitch McConnell's 'Narcos'-Inspired Cocaine Tweet Gets Last Laugh on Blankenship

Don Blankenship, an ex-convict with a penchant for racially insensitive language, lost the West Virginia Republican Senatorial primary Tuesday. The loss allowed the GOP establishment to breathe a sigh of relief and Senator Mitch McConnell's team an opportunity for a good troll.

Blankenship had used racially charged language against McConnell's wife Elaine Chao, who is Taiwanese-American, in campaign ads and had taken to calling the Senate majority leader "Cocaine Mitch." The insult references an incident where around 90 pounds of cocaine was found on a cargo ship that belonged to Chao's father's shipping company several years ago. The company, however, didn't appear to be involved in the cocaine smuggling.

Thanks for playing, @DonBlankenship. #WVSen

— Team Mitch (Text MITCH to 47360) (@Team_Mitch) May 9, 2018

In response to the loss, an official Twitter account for McConnell tweeted a photo of McConnell styled after an advertisement for the Netflix show Narcos, which is about drug smuggling. The photo superimposes McConnell's face over that of an actor playing Pablo Escobar with cocaine floating around in the photo. The text reads "Thanks for playing, Don."

Blankenship who has said that he was "Trumpier than [President Donald] Trump" was viewed as a potential problem for the GOP. In addition to his racially insensitive language, Blankenship had spent a year in prison for his involvement in lax safety standards that led to a deadly mine explosion. He was seen as a weak candidate to face Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin who is seen as in a vulnerable position.

Trump weighed in on the race Monday urging people not to vote for Blankenship.

"To the great people of West Virginia, we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference. Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can't win the General Election in your State...No way! Remember Alabama," tweeted the president, referencing the loss of Republican Roy Moore, who he endorsed.