Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday vehemently denounced political opponents who have dubbed him “Moscow Mitch,” calling the nickname an “over-the-top” effort to “smear” him.
“It’s modern-day McCarthyism,” McConnell said during a radio interview on Salem Media Group’s “Hugh Hewitt Show” when asked about the nickname he received after blocking Democrats’ efforts to pass bipartisan election security bills. “Unbelievable for a Cold Warrior like me who spent a career standing up to the Russians to be given a moniker like that.”
“You know, I can laugh about things like the ‘Grim Reaper,’ but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top,” the Kentucky senator added, before suggesting that Democrats would “say anything and do anything.”
“This is what we’re up against with the hard left today in America,” he said.
Of course he “can laugh about things like the ‘Grim Reaper'”—he came up with that nickname himself. But Moscow Mitch stings, because it’s very likely true. Mitch IS close to Russia. In fact, his efforts to lift sanctions on Russia brought in “$200 million in capital to buy a 40 percent stake in the new aluminum plant in Ashland, Ky” from Kremlin-linked Rusal. And we all know about Mitch’s refusal to protect the 2020 elections from Russian Interference.
It’s clear why the Senate Majority Leader/Russian asset hates being called Moscow Mitch: it’s because it hits home (and that doesn’t even begin to explore his wife’s close ties to the Chinese government). What makes it funny is that the more he complains about it, the more it’s in the news.
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