|Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell, Jr.|
|Senate Majority Leader|
From: January 3, 2015 – January 20, 2021
|Senate Minority Leader|
From: January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2015
|Senate Majority Whip|
From: January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
|Senior U.S. Senator from Kentucky|
From: January 3, 1985 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Sherrill Redmon McConnell (divorced 1980)|
(2) Elaine Chao
Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell, Jr., born February 20, 1942 (age 81), is the senior Republican United States Senator from Kentucky and the current Senate Minority Leader. Although his voting record has been rated as conservative by some, McConnell is an establishment RINO Backer who has blocked pro-life legislation (see below), pushed for pro-abortion nominees to the courts, and who sometimes rams through liberal-favored deals to increase the debt ceiling. McConnell is an enemy of free speech by Donald Trump and more than 74 million of his supporters. In 2020, Trump outran McConnell in his home state by more than 4% among voters. By November 2022, McConnell's unfavorable-favorable rating was 81%-7%.
McConnell's protege Justin Reed Walker, who was appointed to the D.C. Circuit despite relatively little experience or achievement, provided the swing vote for the 2-1 decision upholding sweeping indictments against the J6 rally attendees in United States v. Fischer (D.C. Cir. Apr. 7, 2023).
In August 2023, McConnell was heckled at a farm fair in Kentucky, his home state, and Trump tweeted on his social platform his agreement with the hecklers. In the 2026 GOP Senate primaries, McConnell is expected to retire rather than face defeat in his own primary by one of several popular conservative populist Kentucky politicians who could challenge him.
On November 16, 2022, a remarkable total of 10 Republican senators voted against reelecting McConnell as their leader, and he prevailed by a vote of only 37-10 when usually those votes are unanimous. This substantial number of senators who disapprove of McConnell indicates he has become merely a lame duck. The next day McConnell gushed in praise of Leftist Nancy Pelosi as she ended her reign of tyranny in the House that included publicly ripping up Trump's state-of-the-union address one year, by McConnell praising “her historic tenure” and her “consequential and path-breaking career.”
A globalist clueless about the views of ordinary Americans, McConnell rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his stolen election result in December 2020. He also attempted to silence all Republican senators from objecting to the purported Biden victory, despite a 36-page report of pervasive election fraud that was "more than sufficient" to steal it from Trump. McConnell falsely accused President Trump of inciting protesters to do harm, refused to attend Trump's ceremonial departure on January 20th, and encouraged a baseless, unconstitutional impeachment and removal trial of Trump. Playing both sides, McConnell voted to acquit Trump but then ranted against him. Perhaps paranoid and/or delusional, McConnell thought the inauguration of Biden might be disrupted by retired military leaders.
McConnell's second wife is Elaine Chao, married since 1993. Chao is from a wealthy Taiwan family that profits from international trade, and her sister Angela is the second wife of billionaire Jim Breyer, who invests heavily in Communist China and has been photographed smiling with its Chairman Xi Jinping. Chao served in Trump's Cabinet but stepped down a few weeks before the expiration of the term. Like her husband, the ungrateful Chao lambasted Trump at the end of her service.
In light of the impeachment coup against President Trump, McConnell called the House vote "unprecedented" and said that the Senate will "provide stability." McConnell failed to call any witnesses at the impeachment trial, such as scandal-ridden Hunter Biden whose testimony could have ended Joe Biden's presidential bid, and McConnell rushed through a vote of acquittal of Trump which proved to be merely a pyrrhic victory.
McConnell was arguably the least effective Majority Leader ever during the 115th U.S. Congress (2017-2019), accomplishing remarkably little in the two years of Republican control of both the White House and Congress under President Donald Trump. While credited with confirming some appellate judges, not all of whom are conservative, McConnell has made less progress in confirming Trump's nominees to district court judgeships. He did, however, confirm Trump-appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in near-record time before the 2020 presidential election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In 2018 and again in 2020, McConnell worked overtime to try to keep his critic Roy Moore from being elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, preferring instead that the deeply Republican state elect a Democrat or a pro-Deep State Republican.
- 1 Early life
- 2 U.S. Senate
- 3 Broken promises
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Liberal opposition
- 7 References
- 8 External links
McConnell was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Julia Shockley and Addison Mitchell McConnell, Sr., and reared in south Louisville, Kentucky, he attended DuPont Manual High School and graduated from the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences with honors in 1964, where he was student body president and member of Phi Kappa Tau. He graduated in 1967 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was elected president of the Student Bar Association. McConnell gained experience on Capitol Hill as an intern under RINO Senator John Sherman Cooper, later as an assistant to Senator Marlow Cook, and was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General under President Gerald R. Ford.
McConnell was elected to the Senate in 1984 when he defeated two-term Democratic Senator Walter Huddleston. Since then he has been re-elected six times. After the 2006 elections, he was unanimously elected Senate Minority Leader, previously serving as Majority Whip. He is married to former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, who is from a wealthy family profiting off foreign trade. McConnell has been very involved in Republican party politics. He was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. In both, Republicans maintained control of the Senate. McConnell is viewed as a conservative on nearly all issues, receiving an 89% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. However, he was one of just three Senate Republicans who voted against a Constitutional ban on flag desecration.
McConnell offered offshore oil drilling resolutions on the Senate floor in July 2008. He was intent on setting a trigger to initiate drilling if the price exceeds a certain mark. First, he offered to drill if gasoline prices hit $4.50 a gallon. This was rejected by Democrats. Then he offered a trigger at $5.50 a gallon, $7.50 a gallon and $10 per gallon, with Democrats rejecting each offer.
Mitch McConnell managed to hold onto his Senate seat in the 2008 elections, which saw a Democratic surge, just short of a supermajority. Mitch McConnell was widely regarded within the Republican Party as an adept Minority Leader. The filibuster strategy used by the Democrats was first pushed by McConnell.
Gun control filibuster
2014 Senate election
In 2014, McConnell faced Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in his primary for re-election, and held on only by heavily outspending his conservative rival. McConnell then defeated Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the heavily Republican Kentucky in the general election.
McConnell became the Senate Majority Leader in 2015 after the GOP retook the Senate. Since being elected, McConnell and others in the Republican establishment have not sought to keep their promises.
Blocking Graham-Cassidy bill
The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, a measure to repeal ObamaCare that was pro-life enough to elicit liberal media opposition, was expected to be up for a Senate vote until McConnell announced on September 26, 2017 that there would be no vote.
In 2018, McConnell has worked overtime in making sure to garner enough support within his party line to pass a fiscally reckless $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. While the legislation would raise wages for armed forces members and allocate money to help fight the opioid crisis, negotiation with open border-supporting Democrats on the bill only provided 641 million dollars for the border wall rather than $25 billion that Donald Trump had sought to fund border security.
Amy Coney Barrett
After successfully helping to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left upon the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell joked: "It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday. Oh, I’m sure she was so grateful."
McConnell, like many Republicans, has promised that if a Senate majority could be reached, they would work toward passing an actual budget instead of stop-gap spending measures.
While McConnell had promised to make the Senate less dysfunctional, it had only gotten worse by 2018.
In 2013, it was reported that McConnell said that he wanted to "punch Tea Party bullies in the nose". A further examination by The Blaze indicated the plausibility that McConnell was probably talking about the Senate Conservatives Fund, which is known for supporting more conservative candidates over Establishment-preferred candidates.
McConnell, now 81, has exhibited signs of cognitive decline, especially throughout 2023. This was first marked in early March 2023, when he had tripped and fell during a D.C. dinner event, resulting in him being hospitalized for five days followed by a month and a half absence from the Senate.
On July 26, 2023, McConnell froze up mid-speech in Capitol Hill, unable to finish his statement, during a press conference and was promptly escorted away from the podium by his aides.
Once more on August 30, 2023, only one month later, McConnell froze up for more than 30 seconds upon being asked if he would run for re-election in 2026 before he was led away by aides in Covington, Kentucky. In both incidents, McConnell claimed he felt "lightheaded".
McConnell has been subject to multiple liberal smears and attacks after the 2016 election. In one case, he was confronted by an unhinged liberal while dining with his wife. In another instance, protestors outside his home called for violence against the senator. After blocking two partisan "election security" bills, he has been labeled as "Moscow Mitch" by communist-supporting liberal hypocrites.
- Mitch McConnell on the Issues
- Mitch McConnell Vows to Raise U.S. Debt Ceiling
- McConnell on Trump impeachment: "The Senate exists for moments like this"
- Breaking: Dems like $10 per Gallon Gasoline Human Events, July 31, 2008
- Kentucky Election Results
- Two references:
- Two references:
- McConnell secures budget deal with ‘begging, pleading and cajoling’
- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Work to Sell Omnibus Spending to Donald Trump at the White House
- Cocaine Mitch: “It Was a Wonderful Birthday Present For Hillary Clinton to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday” (VIDEO)
- Senate GOP: We’ll pass a budget every year
- Wallner, James (March 29, 2018). Mitch McConnell promised to fix the broken Senate. Instead, it's only gotten worse. Washington Examiner. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
- Exclusive - McConnell: Tea Party 'Bullies' Who Need Punch in Nose, Breitbart.com
- Rumor Check: Did Mitch McConnell Say He Wants to Punch Tea Party ‘Bullies’ in the Nose? (Note: link is broken)
- Two references:
- Mitch McConnell Fast Facts
- Sen. Mitch McConnell's health issues spotlight Kentucky's succession process
- Mitch McConnell freezes mid-sentence during press conference and is escorted away from podium
- Alarming video shows Mitch McConnell, 81, freeze up a second time while speaking to reporters
- Watch: Mitch McConnell Attacked While Dining with His Wife
- Protester Outside Mitch McConnell's Home Says 'Stab The Motherf*cker In The Heart'
- Kentucky Democrats sell 'Moscow Mitch' gear after McConnell blocks election security bills