As the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has faced plenty of controversy both over the course of his term as well a in recent weeks. Comedian Jon Stewart called the Kentucky Senator his biggest obstacle in fighting for funding for 9/11 First Responders.
McConnell was in the news again last week after TV host, Joe Scarborough, labeled him Moscow Mitch, over his refusal to hold votes on election bills. During a Monday speech on the Senate floor, the Majority Leader referred to the claims as “modern-day McCartyism.”
Like the President often does, McConnell blamed criticism of himself on the ‘left-wing media.” He said from the floor, “I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin.”
Here's Mitch McConnell using "modern day McCarthyism" and complaining about alleged liberal efforts to "gaslight" about his record on Russia in the same video clip pic.twitter.com/QSueNwKauG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 29, 2019
Notably, one of the Kentucky senator’s major critics, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, served 6 years as a Republican congressman.
McConnell continued, “These pundits are lying, lying when they dismiss the work that has been done. They’re lying when they insist I have personally blocked actions which, in fact, I have championed and the Senate has passed. They are lying when they suggest that either party is against defending our democracy.”
The Majorty Leader ended his speech by claiming that the government is making strides in protecting elections. “This administration made huge strides, huge strides on election security since 2016. They have made a noticeable impact in securing the 2018 election,” said McConnell.