Mitch McConnell campaign embracing ‘cocaine’ nickname: you have to see the new t-shirt being sold


When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was labeled “Cocaine Mitch” by Don Blankenship during the man’s failed bid to become a West Virginia senator, most chalked it up as just a silly nickname thrown out in the heat of a political campaign. A year later, it seems McConnell has embraced that “Cocaine Mitch” nickname.

The origins of McConnell’s nickname relate to a drug bust that included his father-in-law’s company. Though nothing ties McConnell directly to cocaine use, Blankenship was throwing out anything and everything he could in his effort to defeat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).

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Following Blankenship’s loss, McConnell’s team took to Twitter to have fun with the viral nickname the senator was given during the race.

McConnell’s upper body and face were photoshopped onto a poster for Netflix’s “Narcos,” a popular television series that goes inside the drug war.

“Thanks for playing, Don,” the tweet read. Check it out below:

The humor found in that tweet has now continued in the McConnell camp as his reelection campaign is selling t-shirts that play on the “Cocaine Mitch” nickname.

The shirt includes a silhouette of a man with what seems to be cocaine exploding behind him. “MITCH” is written on the front of the shirt. The back reads: “TEAM MITCH CARTEL MEMBER.” The shirt is being sold for $35.

Source: Fox News

“A year ago, a legend was born,” McConnell’s campaign wrote on Twitter when announcing the shirt on Wednesday. The tweet then encourages people to “own your piece of history.” If there was any confusion after all of that, they then hashtagged the nickname “CocaineMitch” for good measure.

Check out the t-shirt below:

A followup tweet told voters to “become an official member of the Cartel!”

McConnell is up for reelection next year. His reelection campaign kicked off last month, but they clearly saved one of their most eye-catching moves for this month.

If the t-shirt isn’t your style then there are plenty of other options. You can also purchase a “Cocaine Mitch” sticker — which has the same design as the front of the t-shirt — for your laptop.

“TFW [the feeling when] opening your laptop becomes the ultimate office power move,” the campaign tweeted when announcing the sticker. Check out the tweet below:

The campaign has also been retweeting people who seem to get the sense of humor they are going for with their “Cocaine Mitch” merchandise.

“I sent this to my boyfriend to show him how amazing they are, and he’d already bought one. Everyone needs to get them a man who is,” wrote one Twitter user in reaction.

Another said, “Father’s Day is just over a month away people.”

Check out some other amusing reactions below:

Given how divisive and nasty politics can be today, America could use more good-humored moves like this. After all, in between the screaming we hear in some debates, it would be nice to share in a laugh together every now and then.

If you find that you can’t laugh at “Cocaine Mitch” merchandise being sold by Mitch himself, then you may need to take a break from politics.


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