Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faced a less than enthusiastic crowd at the Fancy Farms picnic in Kentucky over the weekend. The jeers and calls for retirement were likely fueled by McConnell’s recent press conference blunder, where he froze up in front of the nation. Despite the relentless heckling, the 81-year-old senator remained unfazed and powered through his speech without missing a beat.
During his remarks, McConnell took the opportunity to take jabs at the Democratic Party’s track record and Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D), who is facing a tough re-election battle against Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron. McConnell didn’t hold back, stating that Biden and Beshear are failing Kentucky and insinuating that Beshear might as well be on the White House payroll. Ouch!
It’s no surprise that McConnell’s words didn’t sit well with the crowd. Chants of “retire!” and “lost the Senate” filled the air as the senator spoke. Even though McConnell has been a longtime target of the left, his establishment ties have also earned him detractors on the populist right, including former President Trump. Trump, who can’t resist stirring the pot, took to Truth Social to express his agreement with the crowd’s sentiments.
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
McConnell’s office downplayed the incident, claiming it was just another rowdy day at Fancy Farm, where partisan jabs are part of the tradition. McConnell himself brushed off the retire chants, stating that it reflects a broader sentiment in Washington that he, like many leaders, is too old for the job. However, the senator showed no signs of stepping aside, and his fellow Republicans in the Senate continue to stand by him.
It’s no secret that McConnell is a seasoned veteran in Washington, having led the Republican Senate since 2007. While some may question his age and fitness for the role, McConnell has earned respect among his Senate colleagues. Whether you love him or loathe him, one thing is certain: McConnell isn’t going anywhere until he’s good and ready.