Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday, Aug. 8, fired back at protesters who have rallied outside his home and office in Kentucky the past few days.
“I have a word for everybody who’s been in the front yard, and everybody who’s trying to get in my space, I will not be intimidated by you people, not a chance,” McConnell said during an interview with Kentucky radio station WHAS, according to the Hill.
“Not a single thing you do is going to alter how I operate on behalf of my constituents and the country for whom I have a significant amount of responsibility,” he continued.
About 25 protesters gathered outside McConnell’s home in Louisville on Monday, Aug. 5, chanting for his replacement in Congress while accusing the senator of his perceived lack of response for a range of policy issues from immigration reform to gun control, reported the WLKY.
More than 100 people also held a vigil outside of the senator’s office on Tuesday night, according to CNN.
McConnell was at home over the weekend recovering from a fall that left him with a fractured shoulder.
The Senate majority leader has also faced scrutiny on social media. Twitter locked his campaign account on Wednesday after posting a video of Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm threatening him. In the video, Helm is heard saying “just stab the [expletive] in the heart,” while others called him names like “Murder Turtle.”
The social media platform said, “That violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”
In response, the Republican Party, the Trump campaign, and other GOP organizations announced that they are suspending campaign advertising with Twitter.
“Twitter’s hostile actions toward Leader McConnell’s campaign are outrageous, and we will not tolerate it,” NRSC spokesman Jess Hunt said. “The NRSC will suspend all spending with Twitter until further notice. We will not spend our resources on a platform that silences conservatives.”
McConnell said on Thursday in Washington he wants Congress to consider legislation to expand federal background checks and other gun violence measures when lawmakers return in the fall.