Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the floor this week, because he was upset. Was it due to former special counsel Robert Mueller III confirming Russia had attacked the U.S. and was doing so right now? No, the reason was that he would not let two election security bills onto the floor, which would have addressed the problem. This is what had arguably one of the most powerful men in Washington near tears.
After McConnell blocked those rare bipartisan bills, MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough had had enough. The former Republican congressman gave an intense speech and referred to McConnell “Moscow Mitch.” That was all it took for the hashtag #MoscowMitch to take off, trending on Twitter.
The morning after, McConnell took the floor. He did not like to be called “Moscow Mitch.” He called it “modern-day McCarthyism:”
‘I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced (sic) lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin.’
Then, McConnell added:
‘These pundits are lying, lying when they dismiss the work that has been done. They’re lying when they insist I have personally blocked actions which, in fact, I have championed and the Senate has passed. They are lying when they suggest that either party is against defending our democracy.’
McConnell should have known that he had made it worse by exposing his raw nerve. All of a sudden hashtags #MoscowMitchMcTreason and #MoscowMitchUnAmericanTraitor started trending on social media.
Then, the regular Twitter users chimed in:
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