Mitch McConnell was accused of being a Rusian asset by MSNBC and The Washington Post. So in an unprecedented response, Mitch set the record straight.
“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 started.
“But, this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic, and damaging, because of the way it warps our entire public discourse.”
“Facts matter,” McConnell said. “Details matter. History matters, and if our nation is losing our ability to debate public policy without screaming about treason, that really matters.”
“In the middle of the 20th century, the original McCarthyism hurt America’s strength and diminished our standing in the Cold War by dividing us against ourselves,” Mitch added.
“This modern-day McCarthyism was pushed by big-time outlets,” McConnell said. “The smear that I am ‘a Russian asset’ ran in the opinion pages of the Washington Post. The accusation that I am ‘un-American’ was broadcast on MSNBC. This is the state of left-wing politics in 2019.”
He added: “These people have worn out the volume knobs so badly that they have nothing left but the most unhinged smears,” McConnell said.
“Welcome to modern-day McCarthyism. McCarthy-like tactics out in the open for everyone to see.”
“I’m proud of my record, I’m proud that it’s right there in black and white, and liars cannot gaslight it away,” McConnell said.
“I used hearings to grill Democratic officials who were soft on President Yeltsin and optimistic about President-elect Putin,” McConnell said reminding the Dems they once saw Putin in a much different light.
“And, of course, I helped lead the charge against the Obama administration’s completely feckless Russia policies. President Obama mocked his 2012 opponent for taking Russia too seriously. His administration sought a naive reset with the Kremlin and for eight years I helped lead the charge against that weakness,” Mitch said hitting the nail on the head.
What in the hell was Barack Obama doing while Russia attacked our Democracy? No one has a good answer as of yet but we need one.
“In 2010, I stood with John McCain and John Kyl to oppose the new START treaty, a watered-down placeholder for the sort of tough stance we knew was necessary,” McConnell hit back.
“As Vladimir Putin was building up his nuclear arsenal, we even had to push President Obama to commit to deploying capable missile defenses to Europe.”
“In 2012, I firmly supported sweeping legislation to authorize heavy sanctions following the killing of Sergei Magnitsky in a Russian prison. The Obama administration flinched and tried to tiptoe around our legislation to avoid messing up their charm offensive, but we backed them into a corner and the president signed the bill into law.”
Correct – Obama did not want sanctions because he thought it tied his hands with Russia and would prevent a deal between the two countries.
“Let me make this crystal clear for the hyperventilating hacks who haven’t actually followed this issue. Every single member of the Senate agrees that Russia meddling was real and is real.
We all agree that the federal government, state government and the private sector all have obligations to take this threat seriously and bolster our defenses. Claims to the contrary– that anybody here denies what Russians did on President Obama’s watch — are just lies, not partisan distortion, not clever spin, just total fabrications.”