#MitchPlease blows up on Twitter after McConnell blamed impeachment for Trump’s coronavirus failures
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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: