McConnell Complains ‘Moscow Mitch’ Moniker Is ‘Over The Top’

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (R) listen af... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (C) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (R) listen after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held the weekly policy luncheon to discuss Republican agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
September 3, 2019 12:12 p.m.
EDITORS' NOTE: TPM is making our COVID-19 coverage free to all readers during this national health crisis. If you’d like to support TPM's reporters, editors and staff, the best way to do so is to become a member.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t care for his new nickname.

During a radio interview Tuesday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” McConnell said it was “unbelievable” for a “Cold Warrior like me” to be mocked as a Kremlin ally for repeatedly blocking both Democratic and bipartisan bills aimed at curbing Russian election interference.

“It’s an effort to smear me,” the Kentucky Republican told Hewitt. “You know, I can laugh about things like the Grim Reaper, but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top.”

McConnell also repeated his previous complaint that the moniker was “modern day McCarthyism.”

“This is what we’re up against with the hard left today in America,” he said.

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to McConnell as such in August when she was ripping him for killing legislation from the House.

“Moscow Mitch says that he is the ‘grim reaper,'” Pelosi said during a Democratic event in Illinois. “Imagine describing yourself as the ‘grim reaper,’ that he’s going to bury all this legislation.”

Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: