Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was met with boos and chants of “RETIRE” and “DITCH MITCH” at a community event in his home state of Kentucky over the weekend.
McConnell was speaking at the 143rd annual Fancy Farm picnic, a summer tradition in Kentucky since 1881, when he was occasionally completely drowned out by the booing and jeering, which was documented on camera.
The 81-year-old professional politician persisted despite the condemnation of the audience.
The 81-year-old congressman remarked, “This is my 28th Fancy Farm and I want to assure you it is not my last. The people of this state have chosen me seven times to do this job, and I want you to know how grateful I am.”
The annual celebration is sponsored by St. Jerome, an adjacent Catholic church, and takes place in the southwestern town of Fancy Farm.
“So, we know that the political speaking attracts folks from all over the state of Kentucky to the Picnic but it’s the 19,000 pounds of BBQ that makes our picnic special. We once held the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest One Day Picnic and BBQ. You won’t find any better BBQ pork and mutton anywhere,” the church’s website claims.
Former President Donald Trump has frequently criticized McConnell, releasing a video of the protests to his Truth Social platform.
“I AGREE!” Trump penned in a hilarious post. “BOOOOO—RETIRE, RETIRE, RETIRE—BOOOOO!!!”
On Saturday, during his speech at the Silver Elephant Gala in Columbia, South Carolina, Trump also publicly attacked the minority leader. In addition to claiming that McConnell is not doing enough to defend himself against the Biden administration’s legal assault, he speculated that the opposition may have incriminating information about McConnell.
“These guys, what they’re doing with this election interference, and the Senate has to step up and do something. The House is doing a lot of things,” Trump said during the jubilant gathering. “But the Senate under perhaps the worst leader in the history of our country running the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has to step up and do something.”
“I’m telling you, Lindsey, they have something on Mitch McConnell. There’s no way that he’s doing this. They’ve got something on Mitch McConnell,” Trump remarked, pointing to Senator Lindsey Graham (of South Carolina), who was present.
Trump: What they’re doing with this election interference and the Senate needs to step up. The House is doing a lot of things… They have something on Mitch McConnell. There’s no way he’s doing this. They got something on Mitch McConnell pic.twitter.com/3zEISyKGa7
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 6, 2023
The calls for McConnell to resign come at a time when the 80-year-old lawmaker has been experiencing typical aging-related health problems.
Due to an accident at an exclusive dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Washington, D.C., he was hospitalized earlier in the year and missed a significant amount of time in the Senate.
In a terrifying incident that occurred one month ago, he lost all control while speaking to reporters from the podium and had to be assisted by his senator colleagues. However, this made him appear to be less qualified for the position.
CNN interviewed some people at the Fancy Farm picnic where McConnell spoke and one young voter told the outlet, “I’m against older candidates, the current president, Mitch McConnell. I think that they’ve run their course in politics, I think they’d be good for backing people now. But I think politics now is more of a young man’s game.”
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