Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted left-wing media and Democrats for calling him “Moscow Mitch” and making the laughable claim that he’s a Russian asset. The lazy left’s go-to line of attack these days is:
- Call someone they dislike a Russian asset and/or
- Shriek that they’re a racist white supremacist.
In a fiery speech from the Senate Floor yesterday (July 29), McConnell derisively dismissed baseless allegations that he’s promoting Vladimir Putin’s agenda and explained why Democrats and their media henchman are smearing him as a Russian asset.
“I have consistently treated Russia like that threat it is,” McConnell said. “Last week, I stopped Democrats from passing an election law bill through the Senate by unanimous consent — a bill that was so partisan that it only received one Republican vote over in the House.”
McConnell explained: “My Democratic friends asked for unanimous consent to pass a bill that everyone knows isn’t unanimous and never will be unanimous. So I objected. Over the last several days, I was called unpatriotic, un-American, and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin.”
(Source: Fox News)
According to Fox News:
“One of the Democrats’ proposals would have federally mandated the use of paper ballots as well as voting machines that do not directly connect to the Internet, and included funding for the federal Election Assistance Commission.
The bill passed the House 225-184, with only one Republican vote, and McConnell then killed Democrats’ bid to pass it in the Senate via unanimous consent. On Monday, McConnell chastised Democrats for the “partisan” maneuver, saying they knew the bill never had a chance of passing by unanimous consent, which can be blocked by a single senator.
Republicans have also said Democrats are playing politics by seeking election-security funding that has already been allocated for that purpose.”
As BizPac Review reported, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reacted by calling McConnell “Moscow Mitch.” And the Washington Post defamed McConnell by calling him a “Russian asset” because he blocked a partisan bill that had ZERO chance of passing.
McConnell said the left’s damaging McCarthy-esque rhetoric is dividing and weakening the country — just like the original McCarthyism of the 1960s did.
“I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about,” McConnell said. “But this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic and damaging because of the way it warps our entire public discourse.”
He added: “History matters, and if our nation is losing our ability to debate public policy without screaming about treason, that really matters. In the middle of the 20th century, the original McCarthyism hurt America’s strength and diminished our standing in the Cold War by dividing us against ourselves.”
In response to “Moscow Mitch” attacks, McConnell reminded Dems that this inconvenient video of Obama mocking Romney on Russia exists.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 30, 2019
Mitch McConnell says this modern-day McCarthyism is being rabidly pushed by major media outlets. That is a gross violation of journalistic ethics and crosses the line into defamation and character assassination.
“The smear that I am ‘a Russian asset’ ran in the opinion pages of the Washington Post,” McConnell noted. “The accusation that I am ‘un-American’ was broadcast on MSNBC. This is the state of left-wing politics in 2019.”
McConnell says the liberal media’s attempts to gaslight the public with left-wing talking points is an alarming devolution of public discourse that everyone should be wary of.
“These people have worn out the volume knobs so badly that they have nothing left but the most unhinged smears,” McConnell said. “Welcome to modern-day McCarthyism: McCarthy-like tactics out in the open for everyone to see.”
McConnell concluded by saying that everyone in the Senate (Democrats and Republicans alike) agrees that Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election — like it always does.
For the record, the United States also meddles in foreign elections; every major country does to each other. That’s a fact.
The left is only screeching about “Russian interference” because they want a scapegoat to blame for why Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump.
“Let me make this crystal clear for the hyperventilating hacks who haven’t actually followed this issue: Every single member of the Senate agrees that Russia meddling was real and is real,” McConnell said. “We all agree that the federal government, state government and the private sector all have obligations to take this threat seriously and bolster our defenses.”
“Claims to the contrary — that anybody here denies what Russians did on President Obama’s watch — are just lies. Not partisan distortion, not clever spin, just total fabrications.”
Flashback: Remember this “Russia collusion” involving Barack Obama and former Russian prime minister Prime Minister of Russia in 2012? Where was the media hysteria over Obama being a Russian puppet?
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