Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who somehow got reelected in November despite being quite possibly the most hated man in Washington, made headlines once again on Tuesday for shutting down an increased stimulus bill that could help struggling Americans.
The bill, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was attempting to pass unanimously, would have increased direct payments in the year-end coronavirus relief package from $600 to $2,000. Not only were Democrats pushing for the stimulus increase, but many prominent Republicans—including a few dozen House Republicans who voted for it on Monday, as well as President Donald Trump—were also on board. (Even if the latter is transparently trying to enact revenge on McConnell for acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden’s win.)
McConnell had brought the chamber back in session this week with the specific goal of overriding Trump’s veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. But now, he’s dealing with Senator Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to filibuster the Senate by objecting to a vote on the defense bill until McConnell agrees to a vote on the stimulus checks. Sanders promised he would take the Senate right into the New Year, if necessary.
Even Trump continues to throw McConnell under the bus, tweeting Tuesday afternoon that Republicans have “a death wish” if they refuse to approve the $2000 payments—once again evoking Clickhole’s “Worst Person You Know Just Made A Great Point” meme.
Though the country continues to struggle at the lack of federal guidance and relief from the coronavirus pandemic, at the very least, we can still take solace that Mitch McConnell is a terrible person worthy of our ridicule. As the news broke, there has been no shortage of snarky and savage tweets directed at the majority leader on Twitter, as you can see below.