Sen. Mitch McConnell can run, but he can’t hide.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can run, but he can’t hide from the constituents he keeps abusing. On Friday, he flew home to Louisville to be greeted by protesters at the airport. He fled the scene, only to find 400 more waiting at his house.
Wave 3 reports:
The protesters held signs saying “Ditch Mitch” and “Stand Up to Trump” but McConnell did not walk through the terminal to see them. Instead, he left in an SUV.
Because of course, very important people like Mitch McConnell don’t have to actually walk through airport terminals.
The Huffington Post adds that nearly 400 people waited outside of the GOP Senator’s house to read him that letter from Coretta Scott King he doesn’t want to hear:
The protest was a response to McConnell’s silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday night as she tried to quote from King’s letter in her opposition to Session’s nomination as attorney general. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday.
And to make sure Mitch McConnell got the message loud and clear, his constituents brought a bullhorn.
— Molly Shah (@MollyOShah) February 11, 2017
— ForwardKY (@ForwardKy) February 10, 2017
— Nathaniel Gardner (@tkdcoach) February 11, 2017
Mitch McConnell invoked an arcane and seldom-used rule to shut down Elizabeth Warren’s attempt to read Coretta Scott King’s letter in mid-sentence from the Senate floor, he then declared:
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Many felt Warren had been singled out for this kind of treatment because she’s a woman. After all, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and others were later allowed to read the letter from the Senate floor. Little did Mitch McConnell know he’d given feminists and others a handy new rallying cry and hashtag: #ShePersisted.
As Slate‘s Christine Cauterucci wrote:
It’s hard to imagine a pithier encapsulation of nearly every struggle for justice in the history of humanity. Without even trying, McConnell wrote the future epitaph of hundreds of people who have the phrase “nasty woman” in their Twitter bios.
Back in 1986, Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate about Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). He was up for a federal district court judge appointment, and she urged them to vote “no” because of his record of rampant racism. Although Republicans controlled the Senate, they had the good sense to agree. 36 years later, Mitch McConnell’s GOP-run Senate slapped the Black Lives Matter movement in the face by confirming known racist Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
Watch: Sen. Mitch McConnell flees his own constituents at the airport.
Sen. Mitch McConnell took great pains to avoid his own constituents who object to the way he leads the Senate. Meanwhile, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) stepped into a cheering crowd and met with a very different reception.
Haha. After flying home, McConnell refused to go through the terminal so he could avoid protesters, while Yarmuth walked through to cheers. pic.twitter.com/NWKhFXtxFD
— Adam Smith (@asmith83) February 10, 2017
Here’s Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter.