Mitch McConnell Dodges Protesters Confronting Him About Separated Migrant Children

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Mitch McConnell got an earful from angry protesters shouting “Where are the babies?” Saturday as the Senate majority leader left a Louisville, KY restaurant.


McConnell had just finished having lunch with Kentucky’s House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell when the group of protesters challenged him to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Courier-Journal reported. They also yelled, “Vote you out!” and “We know where you live.”

One guy called him a “turtlehead.”

“We did good, fellow citizens,” the same man can be heard saying as McConnell fled to a private vehicle and was driven away.


The confrontation followed a large rally in Louisville on Saturday morning to support the Occupy ICE Louisville movement, the newspaper reported. It happened less than two weeks after protesters targeted McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, at a dinner at Georgetown University.

In that exchange, McConnell was seen quickly boarding a vehicle while Chao stuck around to confront the demonstrators. “Why don’t you leave my husband alone!” Chao pleaded.

The latest incident occurred the same day that a bookstore owner in Richmond, VA, called the police on a woman who called former White House adviser and Trump Muslim ban architect Steve Bannon “a piece of trash.”


After the Louisville encounter, Shell, who was defeated in a primary election last May by an angry math teacher, said the protest was a “not-so-subtle threat right out of the Maxine Waters playbook,” a reference to the Democratic congresswoman from California who two weeks ago called on supporters to berate Trump administration officials in public.

Weekend Editor, Splinter

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