GOP Group Burns Mitch McConnell For Blocking Election Security Bills In Damning New Ads
Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two Democratic bills to secure the 2020 elections, claiming that such legislation “would benefit Democrats.” Now, a Republican group has launched a new campaign scorching McConnell for his actions.
His decision to block the legislation caused the derisive nickname #MoscowMitch to trend on Twitter as critics accused him of purposely blocking election officials from the resources needed to fight expected Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election.
The bills blocked by McConnell include a $775 million measure passed by the House that would shore up state election systems. McConnell has insisted that the bills “would create an uneven playfield because it will benefit the Democrats.”
Trump has also indicated that he’d accept dirt on a political rival from a foreign power.
“They have information? he told ABC News in June. “I think I’d take it.”
To put pressure on McConnell, Republicans for the Rule of Law, a GOP group highly critical of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign earlier this month demanding a vote on the bills. But McConnell hasn’t relented, so now the organization is taking out TV spots in the home states of four key senators: Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).
The videos mix news footage describing Russia’s 2016 interference with each senator’s own comments on the threat.
“Russia’s interference is a threat to our democracy,” Graham said in the footage. “If we don’t hit them hard, we will be empowering Russia.”
“I don’t think Vladimir Putin interfered in our election,” Rubio said in the spot slated to air in Florida. “I know he did.”
In the ads, the group calls on the senators to stand up to McConnell to get a vote on the stalled bills. Republicans for the Rule of Law said the ads will run on “Fox & Friends,” “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” in each senator’s home state as well as online.
“Don’t let Mitch McConnell stand in your way,” the spots conclude.
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