People don’t like Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Something about his very being oozes toxic white masculinity and the kind of sickening privilege that has the nation on the brink of the kind of explosive pubic clashes between white supremacists and pretty much everyone else, that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil Rights Movement.
Despite the utter disdain that so many have had for McConnell over the years, enough Kentuckians continue to vote for him that he wins, election after election. As if they think he will miraculously wake-up and be for the people, as opposed to for the one percent, it seems as if McConnell’s constituents who stand to gain the least, support him the most.
However, if McConnell’s latest approval rating is any indication of what’s to come, 2018 may very well be the year that Kentuckians ditch Mitch. Public Policy Polling released their latest state-by-state poll and results regarding McConnell are deplorable:
Just 18 percent of Kentuckians approve of the job Mitch McConnell is doing; an overwhelming 74 percent disapprove. Unfavorable results are nothing new for McConnell, though. An April poll found that McConnell was the only senator to have a negative approval rating.
Why don’t people like McConnell? Health care, taxes, and his pompous, arrogant attitude are likely just a few reasons why some people wish McConnell would go into hiding and never come out. However, in recent days, the Charlottesville tragedy has given many a renewed sense of hatred towards the senator from Kentucky.
Like Trump, McConnell’s response to Charlottesville has been less than sincere, full of fluff, and packed with hypocrisy. McConnell gushed about how “hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky,” but did so having forgotten that it was just a little over a year ago in Louisville, KY that an anti-Trump protester was spat on, pushed, and otherwise assaulted at a Trump rally.
Moreover, James Alex Fields, the terrorist who took the lives of three people in Charlottesville, is from Kentucky.
Google, “Kentucky racist” and pages of entries are returned, so for many, Mitch McConnell’s enabling of white supremacist views and other exclusionary politics, are seen as just as bigoted as the domestic terrorists who have come out of the wood works in the last few weeks.
Talk is cheap though, Kentuckians. Actions on election day speak louder that approval poll ratings. It’s past time to ditch Mitch.
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