Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was interrupted and heckled for five straight minutes during his speech in his home state at the St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, a premier political event in Kentucky.
Instead of a respectful silence, the audience delivered a relentless, clear, and loud message for a full five minutes, drowning out his speech.
Foot-stomping and chants echoed around the venue, making it abundantly clear that the senator’s reception was far from warm in his home state. He is done.
The dissenting voices underscore the sentiment that McConnell, at 81 years old and with nearly four decades of senatorial service, is more of a representative of Washington’s political ‘Swamp’ than the average American he’s supposed to represent.
Chants of “retire” and “ditch Mitch” overwhelmed his address, causing a scene of utter humiliation for the long-serving senator.
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 froze for twenty seconds late last month while speaking at his leadership briefing, being unable to complete his sentence.
‘Are you OK?’ asked Sen. John Barrasso, a former orthopedic surgeon and the third most senior Republican in the Senate, as he took his arm. ‘Anything else you want to say or should we just go back to your office?’
After a few moments, he guided McConnell away from the lectern towards his office.
Another GOP Senator John Thune carried on with the press conference, before McConnell returned and said: ‘I’m fine’.
When a reporter asked if he felt he can fully do his job, McConnell said ‘yes’ and continued.
It raised fresh questions about his ability to do his job and the advanced age of so many of the nation’s political leaders including President Biden.
Aides later said McConnell had been feeling ‘light-headed’ prior to making his remarks.
Later, McConnell told reporters that the president had called to ask after his well-being.
He said he told Biden he had been ‘sandbagged,’ a reference to president’s quip after stumbling over two sandbags at an Air Force Academy graduation in June.