McConnell promotes very insensitive photograph of his opponents going to the grave
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's Senate campaign account tweeted an image of tombstones on Saturday that have the names of McConnell challenger Amy McGrath and Merrick Garland just before the mass shootings on Saturday.
The images are still up on Monday, more than 24 hours after this carnage and Team Mitch thinks this is either funny or acceptable.
This is McConnell bragging that he obstructed former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick from ever making it up on the bench. But, Amy McGrath is running against him for the 2020 election. She's not RIPing anytime soon with more of a year of campaigning left to go. That tombstone may very well read Mitch McConnell's name and we don't mean literally.
But, Mitch thinks he's the "Grim Reaper of Socialism." He likes these little pet names, by the way.
“We need to have a little fun in this business,” McConnell said in a brief interview back in May. “I used to call myself Darth Vader when I was back in the campaign finance wars.”
McConnell's challenger doesn't think it's that funny, however, especially given the timing.
“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,” McGrath tweeted, along with the photo.
The shootings in El Paso killed at least 22 people while the second shooting in Dayon, Ohio, killed at least 9 people.
“It's symptomatic of what is wrong with our system. I'm fine with the ordinary rough and tumble of politics, but this strikes me as beyond the pale.”
Maybe this isn't the right time for McConnell to go around calling himself the "Grim Reaper."
McConnell's campaign manager Kevin Golden is still defending it, though:
“Our supporters built an homage to the Courier Journal cartoon at Fancy Farm and we posted their work. Amy McGrath has tweeted this very cartoon several times and it’s shameful that she’s pretending not to know exactly what it is referencing in order to politicize a tragedy."
Here's hoping McGrath defeats McConnell. She's already raised $2.5 million in her first day, setting a new record.