Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two election security measures on Thursday, according to an article in The Hill last week. McConnell argued that Democrats are trying to give themselves a “political benefit and clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. Clearly something so partisan that it only received one single solitary Republican vote in the House is not going to travel through the Senate by unanimous consent.”
Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can request unanimous consent to pass a bill, but any one senator can object for any reason and for this run-of-the-mill act of rejecting unnecessary spending by Democrats disguised as election security, McConnell was attacked by legacy media and vilified as a traitor with the usual leftist exaggerations and lies from the likes of Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank writing on Sunday that McConnell was “a Russian asset” or MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claiming the senator is aiding and abetting Putin’s ongoing attempts to subvert U.S. democracy and therefore un-American. The senator responded from the floor of the Senate on Monday.
Sen. McConnell said, “I’d like to welcome all members back to the Senate for a busy week. But first there is something I need to address. Over the last several days I was called unpatriotic, un-American, and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of boldfaced 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 Putin.”
Then McConnell said, “As all of our colleagues know, I’ve spoken at length about Russia’s attack on American democracy. I’ve worked to ensure Congress sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the states to improve their defenses and applauded the whole of government efforts that the administration continues to carry out with states and localities. Good news may not sell newspapers, boost ratings, or help with Democratic fundraising. But the facts are the facts.”
Senator McConnell used the label “modern-day McCarthyism,” which accurately describes left-wing—sometimes communist—politics of unsubstantiated attacks and character assassination from the legacy media. It’s important to explain that U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, while crude in his 1950s attacks of communism in the U.S. government and widely rejected and ridiculed by the establishment, was actually mostly correct and justified in his accusations. Here’s McConnell, and then former Director of Soviet Affairs in the National Security Council under President Regan in his fight against communism, Dr. John Lenczowski.
McConnell said, “This is the state, Mr. President, of left wing politics in 2019. It’s like an inflationary crisis but with outrage instead of dollars. These people have worn out the volume knob so badly that they have nothing left but the most unhinged smears. Welcome to modern-day McCarthyism. McCarthy-like tactics out in the open for everyone to see.”
Lenczowski said, “Joseph McCarthy, who was not the most sophisticated opponent of communism, said that there were some 240 Soviet spies and I think in the State Department or the U.S. government. Well you know Joseph McCarthy turned out to be actually presenting a significant underestimation. There were, to date it is our understanding, that there were something like 514 Soviet spies in the U.S. government at the time that he was making his charges, but he was ridiculed. McCarthyism is seen even by today’s intelligentsia as something that was an unjust set of accusations against innocent people. In fact, he was remarkably accurate but he he did it in a crude and reckless way without having fully solid documentation about everything and then, of course, the media and the intelligentsia were going to ridicule what he said about these matters. People did not want to confront this.
“This, you know, created an atmosphere of what I call anti-anti-communism. Okay, where people were opposing the anti-communists thinking that the anti-communists were more dangerous than the communists and so this was the source of the opposition to Ronald Reagan. Anti-anti-communism, but he persisted because he was confident in the moral rightness of his position and there were people like me and a number of my colleagues in the government who supported him strongly because we believed that a system that murders millions of its own people, that imprisons and make slaves out of millions more of its own people, is something that should be resisted.”
Finally, Senator McConnell clearly states his actual position and then has the last word for leftists and their legacy media by exposing their underhanded tactics and refusing to let them gaslight or manipulate him by psychological means into questioning his own sanity.
McConnell said, “Keeping our republic means we can’t let modern day McCarthyism win. So here is my commitment: no matter how much they lie, no matter how much they bully, I will not be intimidated. For decades, I’ve used my Senate seat to stand up to Russia and protect the United States of America. I’m proud of my record, I’m proud that it’s right there in black and white and liars cannot gaslight it away. Now here we are in 2019. Again Putin and the Russians seek to provoke fear and division in our country, to undermine faith in our institutions, to exacerbate our political differences until we tear ourselves apart. And once again it seems there are some who blindly take the bait. American pundits calling an American official treasonous because of a policy disagreement. If anything is an asset to the Russians, it is disgusting behavior like that.”
Includes reporting from The Hill and The Associated Press.