Mitch McConnell Calls Out “Risky Behaviors” That Led To COVID-19 Infections
Speaking on Fox News to explain why he’s comfortable going forward with Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS confirmation in the Senate, Mitch McConnell said that there have been “risky behaviors” that led to the current rampant spread of COVID-19 through the White House and those around it.
While it’s not known for certain, there’s speculation that Donald Trump’s Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday, September 26th may have been the ‘superspreader’ event that resulted in his and Melania’s infection with COVID-19, as well as that of Chris Christie, Kellyanne Conway, and Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee. With Senators testing positive, 7 News reports that the Senate has shut down, but will still move forward with the confirmation — prompting Representative Chuck Schumer to say Republican leadership “…has truly lost touch with reality if it’s contemplating marching COVID-stricken members to the Senate to rush through a Supreme Court nominee.”
Defending the decision on Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested infections have come from “risky behaviors” but that those have been “in other areas but not in the Senate.”
McConnell: I do think there have been risky behaviors in other areas but not in the senate
Martha: So you’re saying you think the White House has taken too many risks?
McConnell: Well there’s no question that some of the infections happened elsewhere and not here pic.twitter.com/DkR2aMKnJL
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 6, 2020
Questioned further on whether he was blaming the White House, McConnell didn’t give a direct answer, but still insisted that the Senate has clean hands in the whole mess.
Well, there’s no question that some of the infections occurred elsewhere and not [in the Senate], so what I’m telling you is, since May, we have operated successfully here in the Senate. We know what we’re doing, we’re following the CDC guidelines, and we’ll get the job done.
Though McConnell says that the Senate is handling the pandemic well, Forbes reports that even before the Rose Garden event, there were many cases of COVID-19 in the immediate vicinity of Congress, including contractors, Capitol Police, and others — people who, unlike Senators, can’t work from home. There have reportedly been 20 new cases in Capitol Hill frontline workers since August 28th.