During the Kentucky Fancy Farm picnic this week, attendees cheered for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and chanted “retire” and “ditch Mitch.”
The senator spoke for five minutes, during which time there were boos and chants of “lost the senate,” “retire,” in addition to “ditch Mitch.” McConnell persevered while maintaining a straight face.
The calls for McConnell to resign came weeks after he froze for a long time during a news appearance, leading to his being led out by worried staff members. According to Breitbart News.
According to footage of the unsettling moment, “McConnell, who is 81 years old and the longest-serving party leader in the entire history of the U.S. Senate, became quiet during his opening comments.”
Just minutes after approaching the podium, he remarked, “Well, good afternoon, everybody. We want to complete the NDAA this week. Good bipartisan collaboration has been present, along with a string of, uh,” he stumbled.
“His Republican colleagues displayed visible concern when his tight-lipped, unblinking pause stretched longer.”
Later, a member of McConnell’s staff admitted that he had experienced some dizziness. Eventually, the 81-year-old came back to the platform, where he said the president inquired about his well-being, which led to his “sandbagged” remark.
“The president called to see how I was doing.” McConnell stated, “I told him that I had been sandbagged.”
McConnell repeatedly said, “I am fine,” when reporters questioned him about his health and if he intended to consult a doctor.
Reports that McConnell had slipped and fallen when getting off an aircraft earlier that month, weeks before his terrible frozen episode, arose soon after the occurrence.
The fall event occurred at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, according to two persons who are acquainted with it. They also told NBC News that the guy didn’t suffer any major injuries and went about his business as normal that day.
WATCH: Mitch McConnell gets heckled by crowd during his speech for 5 MINUTES STRAIGHT.
Chants of “RETIRE” and “Ditch Mitch” completely drown him out.
TOTAL HUMILIATION pic.twitter.com/QV3pBm1dIF
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 7, 2023
According to NBC, “the fall took place on July 14 after the aircraft out of Washington was abruptly canceled while everyone was still on board. McConnell, who was a passenger, experienced a ‘face plant,’ NBC News was informed by a passenger who was aboard the aircraft at the time but didn’t observe the fall. Additionally, that passenger claimed they spoke with another passenger who assisted in caring for McConnell.”
As a precaution, the US senator now travels through busy airports in a wheelchair. He has a history of tough falls and, being a polio survivor, “sustained a concussion as well as a cracked rib in a fall while in Washington this year,” which forced him to miss six weeks of Senate business.