At some point during this past Friday night and early Saturday morning, a vandal (or vandals) targeted the Louisville, Kentucky home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), where they left graffiti messages criticizing the top Republican for his opposition to proposed $2,000 relief checks for Americans. A message in white paint on McConnell’s front door read “where’s my money” and other messages appeared elsewhere on the front of the house. It’s unclear if local authorities have any leads on who was responsible for the act, as over the weekend, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the “Louisville Metro Police Department did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on if they have any suspects or additional information about the vandalism.”
It’s unclear whether the Senate Majority Leader was home at the time of the incident; the Senate had adjourned earlier Friday. McConnell himself issued a statement in response to the vandalism, commenting as follows:
‘I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not. This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.’
Outgoing President Donald Trump, who McConnell has frequently seemed ready and willing to support through just about every travail, regularly leans into the “politics of fear.” Just this week, Trump shared a message on Twitter from one of his supporters who’d pledged that the “cavalry” would show up in Washington, D.C., on January 6, when Congress is scheduled to meet and certify the results of the electoral college. Pledging the support of a so-called “cavalry” has an obviously violent, cultish, and ultimately militaristic undertone. The phrase was used in reference to a planned protest presence in D.C. on the 6th.
Recently, at some point during late Thursday night and early Friday morning, a vandal or vandals also targeted the San Francisco home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). That vandalism included a severed pig’s head on the driveway, apparent fake blood on the pavement, and graffiti messages including “Cancel Rent!” Check out an image below: