Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been hospitalized after he fell during a private dinner at a Washington, D.C. hotel on Wednesday night, the extent of his injuries – if any – are currently unknown.
While details of the Kentucky Republican’s condition after he took a tumble are scarce, a spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement after the incident occurred.
“This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner,” said David Popp, the senator’s communications director. “He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
His office did not provide further information on McConnell’s fall or whether he will miss any time in the Senate while he recovers.
According to a report from Punchbowl News, the 81-year-old lawmaker was attending the event at the Waldorf Astoria DC, a property that was once owned by former President Donald J. Trump.
/2 The 81-year old McConnell was at an event at the Waldorf Astoria DC when he fell, according to our sources.
We have no further information on the extent of McConnell’s injuries or his prognosis
— John Bresnahan (@bresreports) March 9, 2023
He is the third senator to be hospitalized in recent weeks with fellow octogenarian Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) checking in for treatment of shingles and Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) undergoing treatment for depression.
McConnell’s hospitalization comes after he blasted Fox News for allowing Tucker Carlson to air previously unseen footage from the January 6, 2021 chaos at the U.S. Capitol that showed that the official narrative about the so-called “insurrection” was greatly exaggerated, particularly footage of police acting as “tour guides” for Jacob Chansley aka the “QAnon Shaman” who was seen being calmly escorted around the building.
“My concern is how it was depicted,” McConnell told reporters, “It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance” with the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police’s account of the chaos at the Capitol.
.@LeaderMcConnell: "It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that's completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks." pic.twitter.com/JdUBaE6dvL
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 7, 2023
Early reactions from Twitter users weren’t exactly sympathetic for the GOP minority leader who is widely despised by conservatives – especially Trump supporters – with some suggesting that his spill was the result of karma paying a visit.
— ASHA (@Trublood4life) March 9, 2023
Breaking: Mitch McConnell has been hospitalized after falling at a private dinner in DC last night! It has been reported he tripped and fell over all his Lies!!
— Mandy (@MarindaVannoy1) March 9, 2023
Hopefully Ukraine sends a nice gift basket with our tax dollars
— Ben Stanton (@BenStanton77) March 9, 2023
Private dinner, how many drinks?
— Laura Lenti (@LauraLenti13) March 9, 2023
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear that, I hope he’s okay and he should probably resign as Senate Minority Leader so he can focus on his health. None of us would blame him.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) March 9, 2023
Was it instant karma for Mitch McConnell, yesterday he takes on Tucker and the truth and today takes a fall bad enough to be hospitalized? 😳
— Larry Andress #justheretolaughpatriot (@LarryAndress2) March 9, 2023
Mitch McConnell hospitalized after taking a serious fall last night. I am not going to pretend that I care. I will not send Prayers and Get Well Soon’s because I don’t want to be a hypocrite.
— Tamera Lynn (@TameraL36320095) March 9, 2023
I'm not risking my karma so I'm not gonna wish the worst on Mitch McConnell after his fall.
But I'm definitely checking for updates a lot.
— Nick Grimes (@NickGrimesYT) March 9, 2023
you'd think Mitch McConnell would have just jumped into his shell the moment he started to fall. But, maybe he landed on his back… turtles are far more vulnerable when they fall on their back.
— Forrest Miller (@AlwaysFlacko) March 9, 2023
Mitch McConnell Hospitalized After Falling At Private Dinner. I wonder if it was truth that he tripped over? Anyways prayers to our leader. ❤️
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) March 9, 2023
This is why these politicians need a required age to have to retire. Cops have to retire for state police by 55 and municipal by 65. Why are these politicians not age gapped. Even driver licenses for older people are checked at certain ages
— Steven Chell (@steven_chell) March 9, 2023
In 2019, McConnell also took a bad spill, fracturing his shoulder after tripping on his outdoor patio at his Louisville, Kentucky home.
McConnell, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984, recently became the longest-serving Senate leader when the new Congress convened, breaking the record of 16 years previously held by Montana Democrat Mike Mansfield who led the Senate from 1961 to 1977.
He is currently serving his seventh term in the Senate where he was the upper chamber’s majority leader from 2015 to 2021.
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