Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign is in hot water for tweeting a photo of tombstones featuring the names of McConnell’s rivals only hours after a white supremacist murdered 22 people in El Paso, Texas.
The cardboard tombstones were erected at the 2019 Fancy Farm event, where McConnell made an appearance. They feature the names of McConnell’s 2020 senate challenger Amy McGrath as well as Judge Merrick Garland, whom McConnell unconstitutionally stonewalled from ascending to the Supreme Court after former President Barack Obama appointed him to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) August 3, 2019
McGrath soon responded to the McConnell campaign’s insidious display.
Hours after the El Paso shooting, Mitch McConnell proudly tweeted this photo. I find it so troubling that our politics have become so nasty and personal that the Senate Majority Leader thinks it's appropriate to use imagery of the death of a political opponent (me) as messaging. pic.twitter.com/2x5kO5jwPi
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) August 5, 2019
As did a score of other Americans.
I am appalled that in this divisive political climate—a climate where gun violence fueled by hate is on the rise—Mitch McConnell is joking about the death of his current and former opponents and a federal judge. https://t.co/JNwShvBAin
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) August 5, 2019
There are dead Americans in two states. Delete this tweet.
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) August 4, 2019
Wow. Have you lived under a rock these past two weeks? Tombstones? With living people's names on them? It doesn't get more out of touch than this. #retiremoscowmitch
— [ expletive deleted ] (@susieworld) August 5, 2019
Read the room, Mitch.
— Brady Hardin (@BradyHardin) August 5, 2019
After a weekend in which dozens of people were killed after being incited to violence by the leader of his party, @senatemajldr is sharing images of tombstones with the names of his fellow Americans on them. There is no more shameless figure in our politics than #MoscowMitch https://t.co/hfmjmNwyGc
— Tim Turner (@homohominilutra) August 5, 2019
On his own Twitter account, McConnell posted a message about the shootings.
The entire nation is horrified by today's senseless violence in El Paso. Elaine's and my prayers go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends, and the brave first responders who charged into harm’s way.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 3, 2019
Sickening to learn this morning of another mass murder in Dayton, Ohio overnight. Two horrifying acts of violence in less than 24 hours. We stand with law enforcement as they continue working to keep Americans safe and bring justice.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) August 4, 2019
Despite the House of Representatives passing a common sense gun reform bill months ago, McConnell has refused to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.
In the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Democratic lawmakers are pressuring McConnell to suspend the August recess and declare an emergency Senate session to put the legislation up for a vote.
This is a national crisis. Mitch McConnell needs to bring the Senate back from recess right now and hold votes on legislation to protect Americans from gun violence. Enough. We need to end this carnage now.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 4, 2019
Democrats, Republicans, Independents and even gun owners agree, ENOUGH is ENOUGH. It is time to stand up to the NRA and take action to make our communities safer from gun violence.
Mitch McConnell, call the Senate back from recess now and pass gun safety legislation.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 4, 2019
With two mass shootings in America in less than 24 hours, thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need action.
The House has sent common-sense gun safety legislation to the Senate. Demand that @senatemajldr and your Republican elected officials join Democrats to pass it.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 4, 2019
You can donate to McConnell’s challenger, veteran Amy McGrath here.