Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed MSNBC and The Washington Post on Monday from the Senate floor over the baseless smears they have promoted that McConnell is a Russian asset.
McConnell’s impassioned speech came in response to attacks from over the weekend where he was labeled “Moscow Mitch” after left-wing columnist Dana Milbank wrote an op-ed about McConnell blocking a highly partisan Democrat election reform bill last week.
“I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about,” McConnell said. “But, this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic, and damaging, because of the way it warps our entire public discourse.
“Last week I stopped Democrats from passing an election law bill through the Senate by unanimous consent, a bill that was so partisan that it only received one Republican vote over in the House,” McConnell said. “My Democratic friends asked for unanimous consent to pass a bill that everyone knows isn’t unanimous and never will be unanimous. So I objected.”
“Over the last several days I was called unpatriotic, un-American, and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bald-faced lies,” McConnell continued. “I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years: Vladimir Putin.”
McConnell continued: “Now, at least [MSNBC] is honest about what it offers, and it isn’t journalism. Immediately after the host finished his angry string of false claims [calling] me un-American, another panelist chimed in to applaud the remarks and here’s what he said: ‘We’re at war. It’s time for the Democrats to wake up and we’re not necessarily going to play fair.'”
“Let’s remember how deep MSNBC waded into the conspiratorial fever swamp over the past 2 years,” McConnell added. “They gave airtime to one guest who has publicly tweeted … that a former White House adviser was close to being executed for espionage and that Chief Justice Roberts had sent the marshal of the Supreme Court to the White House to threaten the president.”