McConnell Goes Full Grim Reaper in Debate
It’s one of those moments you just can’t unsee. During last night’s debate between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, McConnell inexplicably began chuckling as McGrath was criticizing him for what she said was his lack of leadership in getting a second coronavirus stimulus bill passed.
“The House passed this bill in May and the Senate went on vacation,” McGrath said – at which point McConnell turns and looks directly into the camera with a broad smile on his face and begins chuckling. “You just don’t do that. You negotiate, senator, it is a national crisis.”
McConnell, who seems to enjoy living up to his reputation as a grim reaper, began many of his answers during the debate with a chortle. As one viewer noted:
“Five times, (McConnell) laughed off questions regarding COVID during tonight’s debate. It’s obvious that Mitch McConnell isn’t taking this election, COVID or KY voters seriously.”
It's obvious that Mitch McConnell isn't taking this election, COVID, or KY voters seriously. pic.twitter.com/pnaTR78yWi
— Kelsie Taggart (@kelsientaggart) October 13, 2020
McGrath wasn’t amused, as she tweeted: “We’re facing a national crisis. There’s nothing funny about 214,000 Americans dying.”
We're facing a national crisis.
There's nothing funny about 214,000 Americans dying. pic.twitter.com/fQdJsoMdPe
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) October 13, 2020
Reaction to McConnell’s performance has been harsh.
“Kentucky deserves better than to have a condescending, power-hungry, compassionless, cold-hearted elitist, hypocritical jackass represent them.”
Kentucky deserves better than to have a condescending, power-hungry, compassionless, cold-hearted, elitist, hypocritical jackass represent them. Mitch McConnell doesn’t serve his constituents, and he embodies every failure of our political system. https://t.co/TXvGnB2AkD
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 13, 2020
McConnell repeatedly touted his experience and ability to “make deals” as a reason why he should be reelected. He also sought to use McGrath’s personal history against her. “I think her entire campaign is: she’s a Marine, she’s a mom and I’ve been there too long,” he said.
Her reply was pointed: “Senator, you’ve been there for 36 years,” she said, then addressing Kentucky voters directly asked, “How’s it looking Kentucky?”
A recent Quinnipiac poll showed that McConnell holds a 53% to 41% lead over McGrath.