MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph Scarborough'Mitch McConnell is a Russian' trends after GOP senator blocks election security bills McConnell under fire for burying election bills in 'legislative graveyard' MSNBC's Deutsch says Democrats 'at war' with Trump MORE, a former GOP lawmaker, dubbed McConnell “Moscow Mitch” after McConnell on Friday after blocked two election security measures.
McConnell responded on Monday, decrying the attacks against him as “modern-day McCarthyism.”
“I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump's new target: Elijah Cummings Juan Williams: Trump, his allies and the betrayal of America Trump taps Texas Rep. Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as top intelligence official MORE,” McConnell said.
“These pundits are lying, lying when they dismiss the work that has been done. They’re lying when they insist I have personally blocked actions which, in fact, I have championed and the Senate has passed," he added. "They are lying when they suggest that either party is against defending our democracy.”
Social media users, however, doubled down on their tweets criticizing the senator. Both the hashtags #MoscowMitchMcTreason and #MoscowMitchUnAmericanTraitor began to trend across the United States.
“The Breakfast Club” radio host Charlamagne tha God wrote that it “feels good” to wake up and see the phrase trending nationally.
Grant Stern, an author and podcast host for Occupy Democrats, wrote that it was obvious that Scarborough “struck a nerve” when he coined the nickname.
“When the Senate ‘leader’ responded, he proved Joe’s 100 right by spouting the Kremlin line that investigating Putin's help to Trump is McCarthyism.”
Hundreds of other used the hashtags to mock or criticize McConnell, some even picturing him dressed in Soviet-era uniforms.