Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor Monday to go after the Democratic Party following the failed Senate vote on Sen. Ben Sasse’s (R-Neb.) bill that would’ve mandated care for infants born alive during abortions, a video posted to the senator’s official Twitter account on Tuesday shows.
During the speech, McConnell commented that the vote shows a Democratic Party that “has been dragged so far to the left,” it would be “unrecognizable” to people in the past.
“We are no longer dealing with a normal, traditional Democratic Party,” McConnell said.
The senator went on to invoke the memory of deceased “mainstream Democratic” Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), who famously “condemned partial-birth abortion by comparing it to infanticide” in 1996.
McConnell added that “94 percent of Senate Democrats could not even vote to protect babies after they’re born” and that “the only explanations they could offer were bizarre euphemisms.”
Watch the video below:
When 94% of Senate Democrats could not even vote to protect babies after they’re born, we are no longer dealing with a normal, traditional Democratic Party. pic.twitter.com/05vb7kJanf
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) February 26, 2019
He ended the speech by referring to the vote as a “sorry display” while ensuring that the “fight isn’t over” and that Republicans would “not let this stunning, stunning extremism” from the Democrats “be the last word on this subject.”
McConnell’s shot at the Democrats came less than a day after Senate Democrats blocked the supermajority needed to advance Sasse’s bill — the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which sets mandates on how health care providers care for newborn infants who have survived abortion procedures.
Most Republicans voted for the measure, with only three — Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) — not voting. According to the National Review, Scott and Cramer’s communications directors said the senators were unable to vote due to flight delays.
Additionally, only three Democrats joined their colleagues across the aisle in voting for the measure: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), and Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.).
Five senators who are candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — all voted against the bill.