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January 1, Mitch McConnell Abruptly Freezes During News Conference [Video]



Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell brought an unexpected halt to his Wednesday leadership briefing, pausing mid-sentence and causing a stir among attendees.

The 81-year-old Republican leader was sharing his opening remarks when he suddenly froze, seemingly unable to finish his thoughts.

McConnell had been remarking, “There’s been good bipartisan cooperation and a string of er…” before the unusual interruption.

For an uncomfortable 20 seconds, the seasoned politician remained still, his gaze fixed in space while he appeared to balance uneasily on his feet.

With a cooperative spirit, fellow Republican Senator John Barrasso stepped in to assist the leader, ensuring McConnell’s stability before guiding him off the podium.

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa was seen making the sign of the cross, a silent prayer for her colleague.

While Senator John Thune carried on, McConnell soon returned, announcing, “I’m fine.”

When questioned by a reporter about his ability to perform his duties, the senator responded affirmatively.

An aide of McConnell later confirmed that the leader felt “light-headed,” but regained his composure quickly and “was sharp for the Q and A.”

Some questioned whether McConnell was still suffering lingering complications from the concussion he sustained earlier this year.

In March, McConnell fell during a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington, D.C.

The incident left him with a concussion and a broken rib, necessitating a six-week recovery period.

“This man has clear cognitive impairments after sustaining serious head trauma from his fall a few months ago,” user @DC_Draino wrote on Twitter alongside the video clips of McConnell. “It is clear that he should resign.”

Bottom Line

This recent health scare inevitably leads to a broader conversation concerning the advancing age of our nation’s political leaders.

It is crucial to question the demanding roles and responsibilities these politicians shoulder well into their twilight years.

President Joe Biden, at 81, is the oldest sitting president in American history, while 90-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein was recently sidelined due to health issues.

McConnell, who first joined the Senate in 1985, won’t face re-election until 2026.

This issue, however, is becoming increasingly prominent in the political landscape.

Notably, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley raised the issue in her 2024 presidential campaign, proposing mandatory competency tests for politicians over 75 and term limits for Congress.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Donald C Keeney

    July 28, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    There should be term limits for all national political leaders including appointees.

    • Recce

      July 28, 2023 at 8:59 pm

      I would like to see term limits on all congresspeople. However, term limits wouldn’t prevent very elderly people from holding office. What’s needed is a mandatory retirement age, including for a President.

    • Mark Meador

      July 29, 2023 at 6:51 am

      I will support term limits but the politicians will never let this come up for a vote. Career polititians are the reason there is so much corruption in DC.

  2. Robert Johnson III

    July 28, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Who was the woman in green who reached out and touched his arm?? Did she have a device that delivered an electric shock??? WHO IS SHE???

  3. Robert Wright

    July 29, 2023 at 9:18 am

    The problem is not whether we have term limits or any type of cognitive test for politicians running for office. The real problem is the American people. Every 4 years, or eventually, these elected officials come up for re-election. The American people keep voting them in. Even the founding fathers didn’t put term limits in because they wanted the people to decide. Funny how Mitch had a moment where he was not clear and this news article quoted “This man has clear cognitive impairments after sustaining serious head trauma from his fall a few months ago,” us Draino. Mitch came back, right after, and was sharp and able to answer all questions clearly. We have had a President, for the last 2.5 years, that doesn’t know what day this is and unable to put together a sentence and published news articles are silent. Maybe if News sources would just publish the News and not their opinions, then the uninformed American people would make better choices…but then again, probably not.

  4. Nate

    July 29, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Did anyone bother to press Mitch McConnells reset button? It’s located between two old, extremely white, wrinkled cheeks about 3 feet South of his head!

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