Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has earned many nicknames throughout his time in Congress. The newest one: McTreason.
The hashtag #MoscowMitchMcTreason is trending one day after the Kentucky Republican gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor in response to accusations of being a Russian sympathizer.
More specifically, McConnell took umbrage with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Washington Post opinion columnist Dana Milbank, who called him "Moscow Mitch" and "a Russian asset."
These comments came after McConnell blocked two measures aimed at preventing foreign interference in U.S. elections.
Background: McConnell lashes out on Senate floor about 'Moscow Mitch' accusation
In his roughly 25-minute speech Monday afternoon, McConnell called out media outlets for hosting "hyperventilating hacks" and compared attacks on him to "modern-day McCarthyism."
"I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about," McConnell said in his speech. "But this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic and damaging because of the way it warps our entire public discourse. Facts matter. Details matter. History matters. And if our nation is losing the ability to debate public policy without screaming about treason — that really matters."
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President Donald Trump came to the defense of McConnell on Tuesday morning, telling reporters outside the White House that McConnell "knows less about Russia and Russian influence than even Donald Trump, and I know nothing."
"I think the Washington Post is a Russian asset by comparison," Trump told Fox News earlier Tuesday. "Mitch McConnell loves our country."
Washington Post politics reporter Colby Itkowitz wrote an article titled "Trump makes unfounded claim The Washington Post is a ‘Russian asset’" following Trump's comments.
McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer referred the Courier Journal to McConnell's remarks from the Senate floor Monday and Trump's remarks Tuesday when asked for comment. McConnell spokeswoman Stephanie Penn referred the Courier Journal to editorials featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post defending McConnell.