“Moscow Mitch” McConnell really, really doesn’t like his new nickname

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Many kids suffered through the experience of being “nicknamed” something they didn’t really prefer to be called. For a brief span of time in my pre-teen years I had to endure the appellation of “Gerbil,” because I had a set of semi-bucked teeth that my parents decided weren’t worth the high cost of braces (Disclosure—they eventually receded normally).

But whoever coined “Moscow Mitch” seems to have really touched a nerve with the Republican Senate Majority leader responsible for killing just about every piece of legislation benefiting the American public that the Democratic House of Representatives has passed over the past year. While Mitch McConnell has revelled in his ability to single-handedly stop our country from functioning as a democracy, his refusal to protect the nation from an attack by pro-Trump Russian cyber-spies infiltrating our election process seems to have finally tipped the equation.

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames critics bestow on him. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed by the name “Moscow Mitch,” and even more miffed that he has been called a “Russian asset” by critics who accuse him of single-handedly blocking stronger election security measures after Russia’s interference in 2016.

It’s rare for a stodgy U.S. Senator, particularly one of such longstanding tenure as McConnell, to be forced to suffer the slings and arrows of social media. He doesn’t seem to be taking it well, especially since it’s now permeated his usually quiescent Kentucky media market.

[W]hatever Mr. McConnell’s reasoning, the criticism has taken hold — even back home in Kentucky, where the majority leader faces re-election next year.

“Democrats want more aggressive legislation to protect America’s elections after Robert Mueller’s stark warning about Russian interference,” began one report aired on a Louisville television station last week. “Mitch McConnell blocked it.”

His fellow Russian sympathizer, Donald Trump, came to his defense. But even the Tweetster-in-Chief’s effort was uncharacteristically lame.

“Mitch McConnell is a man that knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump,” the president told reporters Tuesday as he was leaving for a speech in Jamestown, Va. “And I know nothing.”

Ugh.

Democrats pressed their advantage. And why not? The hashtag #MoscowMitchMcTraitor was trending on Twitter, and Senate Republicans of all stripes were being asked about the blockade.

“So long as the Senate Republicans prevent legislation from reaching the floor, so long as they oppose additional appropriations to the states, so long as they malign election security provisions as, quote, partisan wish lists, the critics are right to say Leader McConnell and Republican senators are blocking election security,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, said on the floor Tuesday.

There’s something about “Moscow Mitch” that just seems to resonate.

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Vincent Brown
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Vincent Brown
It looks like the truth hurts with Moscow Mitch and his obvious efforts to assist Putin in ongoing election meddling. It appears that he may have had some assistance in past elections that have kept him in his position for so long. He is certainly welcoming the assistance of Russia heading into the 2020 presidential race because he has to have Trump in office for as long as possible while he continues to act unlawfully. He knows that there is a good chance that he can and will be replaced, something he is petrified of. He is a weasel and… Read more »
Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

He should change his tune immediately and act in the best interest of the country?

No, it’s too late, he’s been scamming this country for years and years out of his ‘foxhole’ in Kentucky. Moscow Mitch only acts for himself. Oh, and anything of interest to China.

Laura
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Laura

But he doesn’t mind the name grim reaper?

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Moscow Mitch has been caught & calling him out hurts his fee fees. He opposes election security measures because he needs Russian meddling “help” for trump to win which is important for continued looting of the treasury. Wonder how much he received in bribes (I mean campaign contributions) for that aluminum plant to be built in Kentucky. Wonder how the coal miners are doing, those that aren’t addicted to opioids that is. How’s Mitch’s promises working for them?

Independent
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Independent

Always happens when someone pushes back on a bully. The bully usually ends up howling. Thank you to the person who pushed back. Good job

Reeby
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Reeby

“If the shoe fits”. Amazing this president calls people out of their name with frequency and hate so suck it up Mitch. Proud KY Democrat.

E.A. Blair
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E.A. Blair

“I know nothing.” One of the few times I can wholeheartedly agree with the orange shitgibbon.