On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two articles:
obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.
To the surprise of no one, the House vote remained virtually along party lines for both articles.
Also unsurprising was Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's immediate rush to paint Trump as an innocent victim of Democrats in the House.
"Let's be clear: the House's vote yesterday was not some neutral judgment. ... It was the predetermined end of a partisan crusade."
The Senate Majority Leader added:
"Moments like this are why the United States Senate exists. The moment the Framers feared has arrived. A political faction in the lower chamber have succumbed to partisan rage."
But McConnell—who openly bragged about obstructing the judicial appointments of President Barack Obama and refers to himself as the Grim Reaper for killing Democratic legislation by keeping it from being considered in the Senate—complaining about partisanship was the height of hypocrisy according to his critics.
Former Minnesota Senator Al Franken was one of those critics.
On Twitter, Franken posted:
"Listening to Mitch McConnell talk about the decline of bipartisanship is like listening to Jeffrey Dahmer complain about the decline of dinner party etiquette."
Listening to Mitch McConnell talk about the decline of bipartisanship is like listening to Jeffrey Dahmer complain… https://t.co/K2uZLvhP1r— Al Franken (@Al Franken) 1576776888.0
And Franken's observation was among the kinder assessments of McConnell's remarks.
Mitch McConnell is entirely full of shit. If we are going to talk about “partisan rage” and “a toxic new precedent,… https://t.co/YGSilPBSIw— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1576770920.0
@CNNPolitics Please the same way this Macconell wanted to make President Barack Obama a one term President. He see… https://t.co/Kdc8QeRp3M— Dawn (@Dawn) 1576767471.0
@Peggs57 @CNNPolitics @senatemajldr who say he would make sure President Obama would only be a one term President,t… https://t.co/pYDSF5MfJj— Ra-ra 🏳️🌈 (@Ra-ra 🏳️🌈) 1576767473.0
@JimOfficious @bbeekk321 @CNNPolitics Yeah, I agree. That's why Trump totally refused to have any part of the inves… https://t.co/zv7UldySdb— John Gordon (@John Gordon) 1576772119.0
While others focused on one simple fact: Mitch McConnell is up for reelection in 2020 and directed their comments to the voters of Kentucky.
@doreenmartel @CNNPolitics McConnell hasn't done his job in years. The only things he has done are trying to impede… https://t.co/5MJXiDsLOu— Gabby (@Gabby) 1576767510.0
@alfranken The devil's handmaiden was elected by less than 2 hundredths of the US population, yet he held the entir… https://t.co/XctZjPFVfL— Lesley Richardson (@Lesley Richardson) 1576778357.0
In November 2020, Mitch McConnell will try for another term in the Senate where he has been for 34 years, having first taken office in 1985. Democratic nominee and retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath is challenging McConnell for his seat.
Her campaign video outlining why she was running to defeat McConnell received widespread attention.
“The Letter" — Amy McGrath for U.S. Senate youtu.be