Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described himself as the “grim reaper” of all the hundreds of Democratic bills that the House of Representatives stacked outside the senator’s door. For a decade McConnell has held the reins of the Senate in check against President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The sitting president’s most powerful ally may have overstepped when he failed to stand up against the proven Russian attacks on the U.S.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough was incensed after McConnell refused to let two bills that would protect the U.S. from further interference by the Russians to come to the Senate floor. The senator did not like to be called “Moscow Mitch” or a “foreign asset,” even though he has been acting as if he was both.
Democrats protested his speech and wore T-shirts and pins with “Moscow Mitch” on them. McConnell had this to say about his competitor during his speech at St. Jerome Catholic Church’s annual political picnic:
‘They handpicked Amy McGaffe. Oh, I mean McGrath. She sends her regrets. She’s still working up an answer on Brett Kavanaugh with her friends at MSNBC.’
The Kentucky senator tried to ignore the hecklers at his event, according to The Courier-Journal:
‘I’m going to spend as much time talking about (Democrats) as Kentuckians will voting for them this November — none.’
McConnell spoke about his record of implanting conservative judges and (how he) “saved the Supreme Court for a generation” when he refused to allow President Barack Obama to choose his own Supreme Court justice. Instead, he handed the choice to Donald Trump.
The Kentucky senator plowed on through his speech. Interestingly enough, the senator did not have anything to say about the close friend to Russian President Vladimir Putin, an aluminum oligarch, who made a deal to put an aluminum manufacturing plant in McConnell’s home state. Perhaps, he hoped the jobs would be more important than the Russians’ attack on the U.S. McConnell did not bring up how he undermined 44’s call out to the Kremlin for interfering in the 2016 presidential election either.
The Senate majority leader had his feelings hurt he said, so he went to the Senate floor and called the comments against him were “as shameful…(as) 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 lies.’
The MSNBC co-host and former Republican representative said in a fiery speech, CBS reported:
‘He is aiding and abetting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s ongoing attempts to subvert U.S. democracy, according to the Republican FBI, CIA, and director of national intelligence. All Republicans are saying Russia is trying to subvert U.S. democracy, and Moscow Mitch won’t even let the Senate take a vote on it. That is un-American.’
The Kentucky Republican said:
‘I’ve spoken at length about Russian interference… I worked to ensure hundreds of millions of dollars were sent to states to improve their defenses.’
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) pointed out that states and local districts could not handle something as big as election meddling by Russia. He called for “mandatory, nation-wide cybersecurity (election systems’) requirements:”
‘We would not ask a local sheriff to go to war against the missiles, planes and tanks of the Russian Army. We shouldn’t ask a county election IT employee to fight a war against the full capabilities and vast resources of Russia’s cyber army.’
The Senate Intelligence Committee report showed that:
‘Moscow targeted election systems in all 50 states in 2016 — and how the states were woefully unprepared to respond to cyberattacks. But it recommended nevertheless that states should remain firmly in the lead on running their own elections.’
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