The Republican Senate Majority leader just went on a nationally syndicated far-right radio program to vent about his new nickname, “Moscow Mitch.”
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This morning, Sen. Mitch McConnell appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show’s safe space on Salem Radio.
Hewitt gained national notoriety for inexplicably getting his own early morning weekend show on MSNBC and losing it for having blatant lobbying conflicts of interest and low ratings.
Nevertheless, the Hugh Hewitt radio program is still nationally syndicated and he invited the murder lobby’s top ally, McConnell, onto the show for softball questions. The Kentucky Senator used his time on Salem Radio to grouse that he doesn’t like his new, highly-accurate nickname:
Hugh Hewitt: “Senator, let me begin by talking to you about nicknames. I played the Cocaine song, because Cocaine Mitch is a popular hashtag among people like me. Grim Reaper is as well. But Moscow Mitch is McCarthyism. That’s absolutely despicable. What do you think of the last one?”
Mitch McConnell: “Yeah, I mean, it’s modern day McCarthyism. Unbelievable for a Cold Warrior like me who spent a career standing up to the Russians to be given a moniker like that. It’s an effort to smear me.”
“You know, I can laugh about things like the Grim Reaper, but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top.”
Senator McConnell has become best known as Moscow Mitch after MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough coined the nickname in reaction to him killing two election security bills right after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared in congressional hearings to warn America about Russia’s election attack.
What makes today’s interview by Hewitt even more brown-nosey than most is that he literally is parroting the lines of the Kremlin’s propaganda outlet RT about McCarthyism in his questions to McConnell.
It’s no secret anymore that Russia broke into the Democratic National Committee’s email systems and attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump, unlike the 1950s when a Republican senator went on an actual witch hunt.
Hewitt’s interview continued with more Kremlin propaganda infused questions:
Hugh Hewitt: “It is simply an assertion that you’re doing the bidding of Moscow, which is, of course, pure McCarthyism. I thought we were past that in this country. I really did, and especially if you’ve overseen the biggest Defense spending hikes out of the Congress in a decade.”
Mitch McConnell: “Yeah, no question about it. And going back even to the breakup of the Soviet Union, I was one of those leading the charge for expanding NATO up to the Russian border over and over again over the years. So they’ll say anything and do anything. This is what we’re up against with the hard left today in America.”
Naturally, the Republican Senate leader wants to hide in the past by claiming that his oh-so-important work thirty years ago is a fine excuse for betraying America today at the zenith of his political power.
If all of that wasn’t horrible enough, Moscow Mitch took the opportunity of his interview on a sanctuary radio program to re-iterate his plan to stick with total and utter hypocrisy if there’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court between now and the 2020 election.
Hugh Hewitt: “But there is no doubt in your mind that your caucus would support filling any vacancy whether by retirement or illness or death in the next year and a half?”
Mitch McConnell: “Absolutely.”
Moscow Mitch McConnell can laugh about scrapping legislation to fix Washington, or gun reform bills, or stalling appointments to keep the FEC from doing its job.
God forbid anyone points out that the GOP leader’s political machine took a ton of cash from a Russian-American oligarch, then helped the oligarch’s very Kremlin-connected partner lift sanctions which led to a major investment in his home state.
If there was one single thing that Moscow Mitch did to help Putin more than any other, it was his sole objection from the so-called “Gang of 8” congressional leaders when President Obama asked them to publicly oppose Russian election interference while it was happening, by openly doubting the findings of America’s professional intelligence agencies.
But McConnell put party over country.
Moscow Mitch McConnell has always taken the opportunity to sell out for simple greed, whether it is to the big tobacco lobby or to climate change deniers (“I am not a scientist”), just to name a couple.
Luckily, Kentucky Democrats are feeling new life in their political cause to defeat McConnell in next year’s election, and it is Moscow Mitch t-shirts and paraphernalia which have become their hottest selling items.
Now, let’s hope that Moscow Mitch’s griping about his name pushes those sales to new heights and the Republican Senate leader back into the private sector in 2020.