Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Thursday painted conservatives as victims of President Barack Obama and other “liberal thugs.”
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), McConnell said he always loved the event “because conservatives are just simply more fun” than liberals.
“There’s a reason for that, by the way,” he explained. “It’s because we are always right. Now, the reasons liberals are always wringing their hands all the time — you notice that? They always wring their hands all the time because they know we’ve got better arguments than they do. So, they spend half their time trying to convince people what’s wrong is right, and the other half looking for conservatives to tear down or CPAC conferences to disrupt.”
The Kentucky Republican continued: “You all know the liberal playbook. Here’s how it works: Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and then polarize it. But rarely have we seen those kind of tactics employed with the kind of zeal that we see today. The White House and it’s lieutenants have made an art form out of the orchestrated attack. … You know the drill. Expose the folks to public view, release the liberal thugs on them, and then hope the public pressure or the unwanted attention scares them from supporting similar causes down the road.”
McConnell went on to accuse the Obama administration of using the resources of the government to “intimidate or silence” its critics.
“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans, that he was elected to be president of the United States, not the Occupy Wall Street fan club!” he exclaimed. “I think the leader of the free world has better things to do than to dig through other people’s tax returns.”
“At a time when nearly 13 million Americans are looking for a job and can’t find one, I think the president of the United States has higher priorities than picking on Fox News!”
Although President Obama hasn’t recently been critical of Fox News, in 2010 he suggested the network was “destructive to [America’s] long-term growth.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Feb. 9, 2012.