Mitch McConnell

March 10, 2023

Sen. Mitch McConnell Hospitalized with Concussion

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    Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (KY) is in the hospital “for a few days of observation and treatment” after he suffered a concussion on Wednesday evening, his spokesperson confirmed.

    The Kentucky Republican was at a dinner for the Senate Leadership Fund at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC when he tripped and fell.

    On Thursday, a McConnell spokesperson said the 81-year-old lawmaker is receiving treatment for a concussion and “is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.”

    McConnell’s spokesperson did not specify how long the GOP leader is expected to be absent from the Senate.

    Other lawmakers reached across the aisle to extend their well wishes to McConnell, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

    “I joined every single one of my colleagues in wishing Leader McConnell a speedy and full recovery,” Schumer said.

    President Joe Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden wish McConnell “a speedy recovery” and “look forward to seeing him back on the Senate floor.”

    This is not the first time McConnell has had to seek medical treatment after a fall. In 2019, he underwent surgery to repair a fractured shoulder he sustained after tripping and falling in his Kentucky home.

    McConnell recently became the longest-serving Senate leader, having been first elected in 1984.

    Source: AP

December 5, 2022

McConnell Blasts House Democrats’ New Leader: “A Past Election Denier”

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took several shots at Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the lawmaker who was recently elected to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the House Democrats’ new leader.

House Democrats unanimously elected Jeffries as their new leader on Wednesday. McConnell noted the irony of Democrats selecting a leader who previously questioned the legitimacy of the 2016 presidential election.

“It has been one of the big, unfortunate ironies of the past several years: Many of the same individuals and institutions on the political left who spent the years 2017 through 2020 yelling about the importance of norms and institutions have themselves not hesitated to undermine our institutions when they’re unhappy with a given outcome,” McConnell said in remarks from the Senate floor.

“For example, the newly elected incoming leader of the House Democrats is a past election denier who baselessly said the 2016 election was ‘illegitimate’ and suggested that we had a ‘fake’ president,” he continued, referencing Jeffries.

“He has also mounted reckless attacks on our independent judiciary and said that justices he didn’t like have ‘zero legitimacy,'” McConnell added.

Jeffries has questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory multiple times, including in tweets posted on his official congressional Twitter account.

  • February 2018: “The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office #RussianInterference.”
  • September 2018: “LIE (more than any administration in the history of the Republic). CHEAT (2016 election/Russian Interference). STEAL (one or two Supreme Court seats). When will Republicans put country ahead of party.”
  • September 2021: “Republicans hijacked the Judiciary by stealing two Supreme Court seats. And now they want us to respect illegitimate decisions from these people? Get lost.”
  • November 2021: “The right-wing majority on the Supreme Court is completely illegitimate.”
  • February 2022: “The Supreme Court majority has zero legitimacy. Ghosts of the confederacy are alive and well.”

Watch McConnell’s remarks below:

Source: The Blaze

November 19, 2022

Nancy Pelosi Steps Down

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she is stepping down as a Democratic leader in Congress.

“Never did I think I’d go from homemaker to House Speaker,” Pelosi said in remarks from the House floor.

Pelosi, 82, has been a leader among congressional Democrats for 20 years. She said she wouldn’t run for leadership again, but plans to remain as a House lawmaker.

“The hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect,” she said.

Axios reported that many consider Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to be Pelosi’s natural successor.

Pelosi wasn’t the only seasoned Democrat to announce that they would be stepping away from their leadership roles.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), 83, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), 82, both announced they would also not be running for leadership again while remaining in Congress.

Pelosi’s announcement came shortly after Republicans won control of the House.

The Speaker and I have disagreed frequently and forcefully over the years, but I have seen firsthand the depth and intensity of her commitment to public service,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in a statement.

“There is no question that the impact of Speaker Pelosi’s consequential and path-breaking career will long endure,” he added.

Source: Axios

August 26, 2022

Trump Says Mitch McConnell is a “Pawn for the Democrats”

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Former President Donald Trump accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of being a “pawn for the Democrats.”

Trump issued a statement referencing an article from The Federalist that detailed McConnell and his wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s alleged financial ties to China.

“The Democrats have Mitch McConnell and his lovely wife, Elaine ‘Coco’ Chao, over a barrel,” Trump said. “He and she will never be prosecuted, as per the last paragraphs of [The Federalist article], as long as he continues to give the Radical Left the Trillions and Trillions of Dollars that they constantly DEMAND.”

“He was afraid to use the ‘Debt Ceiling Card’ in order to stop the most expensive waste of money in our Country’s history, to be spent on the Green New Deal, which will only cause one thing, a Depression,” he continued.

“These expenditures are something our Country can never recover from. Mitch McConnell is not an Opposition Leader, he is a pawn for the Democrats to get whatever they want. He is afraid of them, and will not do what has to be done. A new Republican Leader in the Senate should be picked immediately!”

Source: CBS News

August 20, 2022

McConnell Has Some Serious Doubts About the Midterms

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressed doubt that Republicans will regain control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

When asked for his prediction about the 2022 midterms, McConnell said: “I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”

“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly.”

Historical trends show that the party not currently in power typically favors well in the midterm races, but McConnell is concerned that certain candidates may give the Democrats an advantage.

Source: NBC News

July 23, 2022

Trump Rails Against “Disloyal Sleaze Bag” Mitch McConnell

Former President Donald Trump slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling him a “disloyal sleaze bag.”

“Is this the same Mitch McConnell who was losing big in Kentucky, and came to the White House to BEG me for an Endorsement and help? Without me he would have lost in a landslide. A disloyal sleaze bag!” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

The post came after the House Jan. 6 committee played a video clip of McConnell’s speech during Trump’s second impeachment trial, in which he blamed the former president for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump railed against several others connected to the Jan. 6 trial on Thursday night, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who he called a “sanctimonious loser.”

Liz Cheney is a sanctimonious loser. The Great State of Wyoming is wise to her. Why not show the tapes, or interview, those that, with evidence, challenge the election?” he wrote on Truth Social.

Trump addressed CNN’s Jake Tapper, decrying him as “biased and pathetic.”

“Fake Tapper of CNN is so biased and pathetic,” Trump said. “No wonder CNN’s ratings are at an all time low! P.S. Almost all Trump Endorsed candidates have won, or are winning!”

The former president lamented the situation and the state of the country.

“I had an election Rigged and Stolen from me, and our Country. The USA is going to Hell. Am I supposed to be happy?” Trump wrote.

@realDonaldTrump on Truth Social
June 26, 2022

Trump Lays Into McConnell Over ‘Career-Ending’ Move

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Former President Donald Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the “career-ending” bipartisan gun bill.

“Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

“Just like he gave away the Debt Ceiling and got NOTHING in return, or handed the Dems a great sound bite and victory with the Infrastructure Bill, which is actually all about the Green New Deal, he is now forcing approval of the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS! Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!” 

Fourteen Senate Republicans crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill, including McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). 

The former president had also warned Senate Republicans against voting in favor of the bill earlier this week.

“The deal on ‘Gun Control’ currently being structured and pushed in the Senate by Radical Left Democrats, with the help of Mitch McConnell, RINO Senator John Cornyn of Texas, and others, will go down in history as the first step in the movement to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“Republicans, be careful what you wish for!!!”

March 31, 2022

Mitch McConnell Defends Clarence Thomas Against ‘Clumsy Bullying’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defended Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, decrying the ongoing “clumsy bullying from the political branches.”

Thomas is facing calls to recuse himself from cases pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after it was revealed that his wife, Ginni Thomas, sent text messages to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to overturn the election.

McConnell described the calls for Thomas to recuse himself as an “inappropriate pressure campaign.”

“It has no basis in Justice Thomas’s decades of impeccable service on the court. The justice and the entire court should feel free to completely ignore all this,” McConnell said.

“This clumsy bullying from the political branches is really beyond the pale. Justice Thomas is an exemplary jurist who has modeled fidelity to the rule of law for more than 30 years and counting.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for Thomas to resign, or possibly face impeachment proceedings.


McConnell blasts ‘clumsy bullying’ amid Thomas scrutiny

March 23, 2022

Senate Candidate Vows to ‘Fire’ McConnell

U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has vowed to “fire” Sen. Mitch McConnell from his GOP leadership role if elected later this year.

“Today, I unveil my pledge to America to fire Mitch McConnell. If elected to the Senate, I will not vote for Mitch McConnell for leader, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that Republicans choose a conservative to be leader,” Brooks said in a new campaign ad.

“America can’t afford a Senate leader who is a weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO [Republican in name only] Republican, and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash,” he continued.

Brooks is now the third Senate candidate within the GOP to publicly support removing McConnell from his position. The others are Eric Greitens (MO) and Kelly Tshibaka (AK). Both Tshibaka and Brooks have endorsements from former President Donald Trump.

The new ad comes after Trump considered rescinding his endorsement of Brooks, saying he was disappointed with Brooks over 2021 remarks, wherein he urged rally attendees to move on from the 2020 presidential election.

“I’m disappointed that he gave an inarticulate answer, and I’ll have to find out what he means,” Trump said in an interview last week.

“If it meant what he sounded like, I would have no problem changing [my endorsement] because when you endorse somebody, you endorse somebody based on principle. If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing that.”


Brooks vows to not back McConnell as leader amid Trump criticism

February 24, 2022

McConnell Doesn’t Find Biden’s Promise To Nominate Black Woman ‘Inappropriate’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t think President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court was “inappropriate.”

“I heard a couple of people say they thought it was inappropriate for the president to announce he was going to put an African American woman on the court. Honestly, I did not think that was inappropriate,” McConnell said during a Lexington Commerce event in Kentucky.

“President Reagan promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor. President Trump promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, so I’m not complaining about that.”

McConnell added that Biden’s high court nominee would be treated better than Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination process.

“I think one thing I can promise you, for sure, if you remember the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, that this confirmation will not occur like that,” the Kentucky Republican said.

“I think we believe the Supreme Court nominee ought to be respectfully treated, thoroughly vetted and then voted upon.”

McConnell’s comments come after several congressional Republicans rebuked the president for vowing to nominate a Black woman.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called it “offensive.”

“The fact that he’s willing to make a promise at the outset, that it must be a Black woman, I gotta say that’s offensive. You know, you know Black women are what, 6 percent of the U.S. population? He’s saying to 94 percent of Americans, ‘I don’t give a damn about you, you are ineligible,’” Cruz said on his podcast, Verdict.


McConnell says he didn’t think Biden’s announcement to nominate Black woman to SCOTUS was ‘inappropriate’

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