Mitch McConnell vows to go ‘Grim Reaper’ on socialist legislation pushed by ‘nutcases running around on the fringe’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news briefing after the Republican weekly policy luncheon July 12, 2016 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs held a weekly policy luncheon to discuss the Republican agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, known affectionately by the GOP base as “Cocaine Mitch,” vowed Monday that so long as he remains in control of the upper chamber of the U.S. Congress, none of the Democrat Party’s radical socialist agenda will ever make it into law.

If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it,” he said while speaking with local leaders at an event in Owensboro, Kentucky.

He made the remarks while speaking about socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” which he brought up for a vote late last month.

While some have argued that he’d brought the radical bill up for a vote to troll the Democrats, what he said in Owensboro suggested that the real purpose of the vote had been to gauge how many of AOC’s peers in the Senate share her radicalism. He argued Monday that many do.

“I don’t want you to think it’s just a 28-year-old congresswoman from New York,” he explained at the event. “This is much broader than that. I’ve got five colleagues in the Senate, five colleagues running for president, who have signed on to the Green New Deal and Medicare For All.”

“I don’t want you to think this is just a couple of nutcases running around on the fringe. This is pervasive policy view on the other side. … Are we going to turn this into a socialist country? Don’t assume it cannot happen,” he added, before delivering his “Grim Reaper” remark.

He continued by noting that if Republicans win back the house or President Donald Trump wins reelection in 2020, “that takes care of it.” But in case Republicans and/or the president lose, he intends to use his power as majority leader to block any and all radical policy proposals.

“I guarantee you that if I’m the last man standing and I’m still the majority leader, it ain’t happening. I can promise you,” he reportedly said.

If Republicans also lose the Senate, however, then that’s a different story …

Dovetailing back to his remarks about the unquenched thirst for socialism among Democrats being “much broader than” most realize, he was completely correct. Every major Democrat presidential candidate has co-sponsored or spoken out in support of Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist vision for America.

As a reminder, her “Green New Deal” calls for redesigning America from top to bottom and creating a utopia where everybody is guaranteed a job, in addition to free education, free healthcare, free housing, etc. The plan also calls for eliminating combustion-engine vehicles, airplanes, fossil fuel energy, nuclear energy, farting cows, meat and everything else that makes America great.


Two months ago Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker urged all Americans to embrace AOC’s GND because it’s equivalent to fighting Nazis during World War II.

“There’s a lot of people now that are blowing back on the Green New Deal. They’re like, ‘Oh, it’s impractical! Oh, it’s too expensive! Oh, it’s all of this!’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon,” he said at a campaign event at the time.

“We need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible. When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazi and totalitarian regimes? We came forward.”



Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kristen Gillibrand has meanwhile described AOC’s unrealistic goal of eliminating all carbon emissions in ten years as “aspirational.”

The only candidate who doesn’t appear to have said anything about the GND yet is former Vice President Joe Biden, who many expect stands the highest chance of actually winning the Democrat nomination. As of Tuesday, April 23, the former VP hadn’t yet announced his candidacy.



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