Days After a Threatening Protest Outside McConnell’s Home, 2020 Dem Vows to Lead a ‘Caravan’ to Protest in KY

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Just days after people protested outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) home, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) says he’s “fed up” and is planning to lead a “caravan” to the Republican lawmaker’s home state.

Roughly 20 to 30 people protested outside of McConnell’s home in Kentucky on Monday night — where he is working while recovering from a fractured shoulder — in criticism of the senator for not answering his office phone. They protested on issues such as gun control, LGBTQ rights, and immigration.

The protest came after the weekend left the nation rocked following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which killed 31 people in total.

Ryan announced Wednesday on CNN’s “Newsroom” that he’ll be leading a “caravan” on Thursday, which will end up in McConnell’s home state to pressure the senator into bringing up gun control bills for a vote in the Senate — the Senate is currently on August recess.

Watch Ryan’s interview below:

“Tomorrow, I am leading a caravan in my official capacity as a congressman, working with Moms Demand Action, to start in Youngstown and go to Akron, and Columbus, and Dayton, and Cincinnati and pick people up along the way, and we’re going to Louisville, Kentucky. And we’re going to make sure that Mitch McConnell knows that there are two pieces of legislation sitting on his desk that he needs to bring up for a vote to actually get some action.”

Ryan continued slamming McConnell, “Where are your guts?” He added that the American people are “fed up” with the Republican leader “stonewalling everything!”

“Enough, Mitch McConnell. Get off your ass, and get something done,” Ryan said. “We’re fed up.”

Ryan isn’t the only one criticizing McConnell over gun control, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) previously blasted McConnell for not taking up certain legislation, including bills on expanding background checks.

“We are not going to let Leader McConnell put the bills passed by the House into his legislative graveyard without a fight,” Schumer said. “You’re going to hear from us on this issue over and over again.”

As for Monday’s protest outside of McConnell’s home, his campaign account, “Team Mitch,” on Twitter posted the video of the “violent threats,” in which Twitter responded by locking the account, as IJR Red reported.

Correction [8/8/19, 1:50 p.m. ET]: Previously, this story inaccurately claimed that McConnell’s account was unlocked, when it is still locked by Twitter. We have corrected the error.

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william jackson
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Tim Ryan typical insane maniac representing the party of Jackass

Patti Harrison
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So these people are going to harass a member of the congress and they think that they are going to get away with it, Mr. McConnell might not even be home!!!! Sick and tired of the demoncrats, they can just simply go away, drop dead for all I care!!!!!

Charles
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One more thing, the article states that America was rocked. I don’t think so. I wasn’t rocked, none of my neighbors were rocked, no one in town seemed to be rocked. The only people that seem rocked are the journalists and news anchors that want to blow everything out of proportion and the politicians that feed off the frenzy to gain political advantage. While I feel sympathy for the victims and families, it’s time they got to grieve in privacy instead of being used by everyone that’s trying to make a buck or their career.

Charles
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You know what I’m fed up with? Democrats/Liberals thinking it’s OK to be violent and attack people on a daily basis. They wonder why people go on a violent rampage. It’s because they’re tired of seeing Democrats/Liberals getting away with committing crimes with no justice. Antifa starts riots, no problem. This politician is going to gather violent groups and march through state after state to attack an injured Senator. Why is nothing being done? When are these people going to be arrested? Harassment is against the law. Why is this helm that harassed Sen Mcconnell outside his home not arrested?… Read more »

Patty Dougherty
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Patty Dougherty

The day the government assures me that no bad guys have guns is the day I will laugh in their faces while cleaning my guns.

Screwtape
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How purposely ironic is Ryan’s choice of “caravan”. Guess what? His fossil-fuel burning vehicles put the lie to any “green” ideals he spouts.

That Twitter censored McConnell for playing video of these antics show Jack’s lies and hypocrisy for what they are. There are specific death threats made against McConnell (specifically his neck).

Screwtape
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To Paul,

Ryan is no prize-winner, but I wouldn’t call him monkey-face. I’d reserve that moniker for Chico Castro, who apparently has lost the love of his razor. At least he now stands apart from his bastard twin Julio.

MJ
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The hypocrisy continues. It is OK for the protesters to stand in the street, among private homes, and yell vile threats to a man, at his home. Yet, allow that man to post a video of their behavior, on social media, and it is removed because it is violent. Talk about bigotry.

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