Mitch McConnell Complained That People Are 'Acting Out' and 'Engaging in Bad Behavior' and People Can't Believe the Hypocrisy

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill, September 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At a Kentucky public appearance for his 2020 reelection campaign, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented over a lack of civility from "both sides" of the political spectrum.

McConnell stated both sides needed to "learn how to behave better, how to be able to disagree without anger."

He added:

"We have a behavioral problem. People are acting out and it's not, I don't think, limited to one ideological place or another. You've just got a lot of people engaging in bad behavior."

But the Kentucky Democratic Party pointed out the 6-term GOP Senator need look no further than his own 2020 reelection campaign to see the lack of civility he complained of.

Kentucky Dem Spokeswoman Marisa McNee stated:

"If that's what he believes, that this is such a stain on our politics, the lack of civility, does he regret the way he has allowed his own campaign to behave?"

McNee has a good point. The McConnell campaign has repeatedly shown that civility is the least of its priorities.

But when McConnell was asked to take responsibility for his own campaign, his own words and Twitter attacks—rather that apologize and vow to do better—McConnell said:

"I think we have a civility problem and I didn't confine it to just liberals. I think it's across the board."

The 77 year-old Republican—who referred to himself as the Grim Reaper while bragging about blocking legislation and judicial appointments to undermine President Barack Obama and Democrats—then singled out 18 year-olds attending college.

"You read stories of young people, incentivized I think by the faculty actually on college campuses, who don't want to hear anything they may disagree with. It might upset them to be exposed to a point of view that they don't always subscribe to—being brilliant, of course, and knowing everything at 18. I think that's troublesome."

McConnell then held himself up as an example of civility.

"I intend, for what little impact I can have on that, not to act that way. We have plenty of incentive to get angry. But as you may have noticed, I try to stay calm, be respectful and don't get caught up in these intense debates that we have."

But McConnell then gave his campaign an excuse for their attacks on his opponents.

"The campaigns, of course, are always, shall I say, hot salsa, but the governing part doesn't need to be that way. And I can assure you in the Senate it's not that way."

After the infamous attacks against his 2020 challenger—retired US Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath. McGrath responded to McConnell's choice to tweet a photo that featured her name on a gravestone after the El Paso mass shooting.

People shared other highlights of the Team Mitch campaign.

Others pointed out McConnell is an expert on incivility, but not in a good way... well as being an expert on hypocrisy.

As of November 18, the 2020 election is 350 days away.

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Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.

The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.

Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

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