Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was the object of scorn and ridicule on Twitter after blaming impeachment for President Donald Trump's failures in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It came up while we were, you know, tied down in the impeachment trial,” McConnell told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt," The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
"And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything, every day, was all about impeachment," McConnell argued.
The Kentucky Republican's rationalization of Trump's failures was quickly mocked online, with the hashtag #MitchPlease trending nationwide.
The phrase is also the title of a new book that was released on Tuesday. Mitch, Please!: How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (and America, Too). The book was written by sports radio personality Matt Jones.
Here's some of what people were saying:
https://t.co/OyBrZIMkJm— Risky Liberal (@Risky Liberal)1585696204.0
Breaking News: Senate Majority Leader Confirms Administration Not Able To Concentrate on More Than One Thing At A T… https://t.co/lMcmUm5RFO— Scott Lerman (@Scott Lerman)1585684134.0
To be fair, this list isn't comprehensive. It doesn't include his eight rallies. #MitchPlease https://t.co/UrZR72A6Is— Sister Celluloid (@Sister Celluloid)1585685258.0
McConnell says the Gov. was too distracted by impeachment to handle coronavirus How'd that go? Staff: Senator-exp… https://t.co/VPewNDGO93— Steve Cochran (@Steve Cochran)1585683948.0
@dlowther715 CANNOT WAIT to vote this fvcker out of office in November! #DitchMitch #MitchPlease VOTE @AmyMcGrathKY https://t.co/styK078KOq— D Giggs (Melissa) (@D Giggs (Melissa))1585697732.0
#Mitchplease That fool has no one to blame but himself. He just said live in the #TrumpPressConference that he ma… https://t.co/8BODemjU18— Trump: You're FIRED! 🇺🇸🤣 (@Trump: You're FIRED! 🇺🇸🤣)1585695880.0
When I was approached about writing a book about Mitch McConnell, I only wanted to do it if I could also write abou… https://t.co/6ECCXXe1zZ— Matt Jones (@Matt Jones)1585675639.0
But it’s also the story of my life...why I almost ran against Mitch, how the system worked against me and why I ult… https://t.co/to7taNSyRe— Matt Jones (@Matt Jones)1585675639.0
You can order at the usual places or support a local bookstore like Carmichael’s. They (and Joseph Beth) are my fa… https://t.co/ZHeGbAGSlh— Matt Jones (@Matt Jones)1585675640.0