After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., collapsed Wednesday afternoon, some on Twitter on both sides of the political divide blamed the senator for his policies, attacked him personally and called for his resignation.
McConnell tripped and fell on his way to a private dinner in Washington, DC on Wednesday night, and was taken to a nearby hospital.
While it is unclear whether McConnell was injured in the fall, some took to social media to criticize his policies.
“I think it’s awesome that Mitch McConnell got the health care he needed when he needed it,” wrote expert Kelly Scaletta in a tweet. “If only the women of our town could say the same thing.”
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Others on both sides of the political aisle wished the Republican leader a speedy recovery.
“Mitch McConnell is in the hospital after collapsing at an event,” tweeted President Victor Shi Biden. “Although we disagree with him politically, let’s all keep him in our thoughts and prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.”
“I’ve seen so many people respond to this saying no, they won’t keep him in their thoughts and prayers,” Shi wrote in another tweet. “I understand there are hard feelings against him and trust me, I share them. I’m not in love. But it’s not a good look. We need to rise above politics here, folks.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, was hospitalized Wednesday night after collapsing at a private dinner. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Two of those who responded to Shi’s tweet with harsh remarks were Ryan Gilbert, a digital content producer at Audacy Sports, and Zito Madu, a freelance writer.
“Here’s a thought I’ll keep: F—Mitch McConnell,” Gilbert wrote.
“It’s Mitch McConnell. If you keep him in your prayers, you better pray the devil finally comes for him,” Madu tweeted.
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Madu wrote in another tweet: “People who work in politics are so rare. A politician can ruin the lives of millions of people, but as long as it’s done through legal channels/processes, it’s not seen as violent or evil. It’s just. ‘politics’, and , in a way, people should be judged with meaningless personal anecdotes.’
Former Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said McConnell’s downfall is “symptomatic of an era in which political disagreements are trivial.”
“I hope Senator McConnell has a speedy and full recovery,” Yarmuth said.
Few details are known about Senator Mitch McConnell’s fall, but a spokesman for the Republican leader said he is receiving treatment at a local hospital. (Al Drago/Bloomberg)
McConnell’s right-wing opposition also highlighted the senator’s downfall and called for his resignation in comments shared on Twitter.
“Mitch McConnell is unfit to lead the Senate GOP. Trump works against everything America First Republicans believe in. He’s still lying on January 6,” wrote Alex Bruesewitz, CEO of consulting firm X Strategies. “I hope he recovers from his injuries because I don’t wish any harm on others, but it’s time for him to retire.”
Also, former congressional candidate Laura Loomer suggested in a tweet that it’s time for McConnell to retire after his fall.
“It’s time for Mitch McConnell to retire! There are too many sick and weak politicians in Washington DC who are wasting seats that could be filled by patriots who are physically and intellectually superior to do-nothing career politicians,” Loomer wrote.
Echoing Bruesewitz and Loomer’s thoughts, Pastor Darrel Scott tweeted, “When you’re so old you start to fall down and have to be hospitalized, it’s time to retire….”
Scott also said he was surprised McConnell “didn’t break his hip” in the fall.
Senator Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol on January 31, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Drew Anger)
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Few details are known about McConnell’s fall, but a spokesman for the Republican leader said he is receiving treatment at a local hospital.
“This evening, Leader McConnell stumbled into a private dinner at a local hotel,” McConnell’s team said in a statement Wednesday night about his demotion. “They have been admitted to the hospital where they are receiving treatment.”
McConnell suffered a broken shoulder in a fall in August 2019. At the time, McConnell tripped and fell while outside on a patio at his Louisville home.