McConnell Shows More Emotion Over Lamar Alexander Retirement Than Dead Americans
He knew it was coming, of course. Lamar Alexander’s third and final Senate term was already being discussed back in August, when contenders in the Tennessee GOP began emerging to take his seat while it was still warm. But apparently, the idea of his longtime cohort leaving him was just too much for Mitch McConnell to bear on Tuesday as he stood on the Senate floor to bid Alexander goodbye. McConnell openly fought back strong emotions that no one knew he had as he spoke of his friend, saying there would be “only a few of us left” in Alexander’s absence.
That McConnell has remained steadfast and dry-eyed over the abhorrent behavior of the Trump administration these last four years has escaped absolutely no one. The HEROES Act, which would bring relief to millions of Americans struggling to stay in their homes during the COVID19 pandemic, has been sitting on his desk since May and remains unsigned. He has not once expressed dismay or displayed any sadness regarding the appalling loss of life due to the coronavirus as it continues to rage in every state in the union. The same goes for the families separated at the Southern border by this administration and the children who will most likely never see their parents ever again.
The sight of McConnell openly blubbering on the Senate floor for a man who’s still alive was just too much for Twitter, where users dragged the Majority Leader for this latest transgression and all of his previous ones as well.
McConnell choking up repeatedly while speaking about retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander – his long-time ally and close confidante – ahead of the Tennessee Republican’s farewell address this morning. “I’m sorry in a few more weeks, there will just be the rest of us left.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 2, 2020
This piece of shit traitor hasn’t shown one bit of emotion over nearly 300,000 dead Americans, but he can’t quit crying over losing another traitor to treason with 🤬 #MoscowMitch
— 😷 Tara Dublin #Biden46 😷 (@taradublinrocks) December 2, 2020
I used to choke up at Senate farewell speeches before Republicans disgraced themselves and the Senate. Lamar Alexander accomplished exactly nothing in 18 yrs in the Senate & McConnell destroyed it. https://t.co/4a4BQCDCU1
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) December 2, 2020