Sen. Mitch McConnell

Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant, get told to ‘leave him alone’ by others

A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. “Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the protester tells the couple. As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears unperturbed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to “leave him alone” and making shoo-ing gestures. “They’re going to come for Social Security,” he told the other diners, before appearing to be approached by staff. According to TMZ, the woman who recorded the incident said the protester slammed his fists on McConnell’s table and threw food out of the restaurant after accusing McConnell of killing people with his views. McConnell reportedly later thanked some of the supporters and shook their hands. “The Leader and Sec. Chao enjoyed their meal in Louisville last night and they appreciate those who spoke up against incivility,” McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement. “They hope other patrons weren’t too inconvenienced by left-wing tantrums. As the Leader often says, the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protestors.” The incident marks the latest hounding of a Republican or Trump administration official from a restaurant. Last month Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was forced out of a restaurant by protesters angry at his support of the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell and Chao were confronted by protesters earlier in the year as they left an event at Georgetown University. Chao stood up to the protesters and told them to “leave my husband alone.” In July, McConnell was confronted by more protesters as he left a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Protesters reportedly yelled “abolish ICE” and “no justice, no peace.” “I see what they did here. They waited until Elaine wasn’t around,” McConnell subsequently tweeted.

Kudos to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who takes this nonsense in stride.  While I’ve certainly had my differences with the man during his time in the Senate, ya gotta respect this southern gentleman who is a polio survivor for his principled leadership.  I’m just wondering when the Dems will get off their collective asses and condemn this sorta crap…instead of encouraging it.

McConnell Declares End to ‘Obstruction’ of Trump Nominees

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has taken his hardest line yet in the face of what he called Democratic “obstruction” of Trump administration nominees to the judicial and executive branches. McConnell on Thursday announced that the Senate will stay in session for as long as it takes to approve twelve of Trump’s judicial nominees as well as four executive-branch picks. “No more obstruction, no more delays. It’s time to confirm them all,” McConnell said. “The Senate will continue to work right through August until every single one of them is confirmed.” McConnell plans to explode Democratic filibusters on every one of the next 16 nominees, and has scheduled votes on them for this week. Democrats’ own 2013 amending of the filibuster rule has prevented them from stopping the votes. Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid spearheaded the effort to cancel the filibuster option for most nominations by presidents. Instead of the 60-vote supermajority previously required to confirm administration nominees, the razor-thin Republican majority can confirm them with zero Democratic votes. So far 110 Trump nominees have had to deal with a filibuster threat from Democrats, McConnell said on Twitter. Still, the Senate has managed to confirm 26 circuit-court judges and 26 district-court picks as well as Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch. McConnell organized Senate votes on the twelve judicial nominees as well as nominees for assistant attorney general, assistant security of the treasury, assistant secretary of health and human services, and vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Trump’s nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger, advanced to a Senate vote on Thursday after the Senate Banking Committee approved her 13 to twelve along party lines.