The Internet Blows Up After Phrase ‘Mitch McConnell Is a Russian’ Trends On Twitter
The phrase “Mitch McConnell is a Russian” is going viral after hundreds took to Twitter to slam the Senate majority leader for blocking election security legislation this week because securing the election will “benefit Democrats.”
McConnell blocked two attempts to pass election bills this week, shortly after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress, warning that foreign governments likely will attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections. Now, the Kentucky Senator is being dragged all over the internet.
Democratic activist Scott Dworkin called McConnell a “traitor” and an “accomplice to the biggest traitor in American history — Donald Trump.”
“This is a man who prioritizes party over country to the extent that he is helping an adversary undermine our democracy,” MSNBC analyst Richard Stengel tweeted Saturday. “That’s not right. It’s the opposite of patriotism.”
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank called McConnell a “Russian asset” in a Friday op-ed that was shared hundreds of times on Twitter overnight.
“Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding,” Milbank wrote.
The hashtag #MoscowMitch also trended on Twitter on Friday after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday lashed out at McConnell for rejecting the pair of the bills.
One of the measures requires the use of paper ballots and includes funding for the Election Assistance Commission, while the other would require candidates, campaign officials and their family members to notify the FBI of assistance offers from foreign governments.
McConnell sparked a fierce backlash after blocking the two measures on Thursday, arguing that it would be a “political benefit” for Democrats.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report this week focused on election security and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The report found that “the Russian government directed extensive activity, beginning in at least 2014 and carrying into at least 2017, against U.S. election infrastructure at the state and local level,” adding that all 50 states were targeted in 2016.
Mitch McConnell is a traitor. Retweet if you agree. Mitch refused to publicly condemn Russian election interference with President Obama in 2016 and now refuses to protect our voting systems. He’s an accomplice to the biggest traitor in American history—Donald Trump. #MoscowMitch
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 26, 2019
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