Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proclaimed that he would become the “Grim Reaper” of progressive policies in the Senate should he remain majority leader in the Senate following the 2020 election cycle, as the Hill reported Tuesday.
While visiting with community leaders in Kentucky, McConnell — the senior senator from the Blue Grass State and majority leader in the Senate — promised he would become the bane of progressive policies in the chamber of Congress he leads.
Specifically, he proclaimed himself as the “Grim Reaper” of said policies.
“If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass.”
McConnell went on to say that if Republicans were to lose the presidency in 2020 that he would block proposals like the infamous Green New Deal as majority leader in the Senate.
“I guarantee you that if I’m the last man standing and I’m still the majority leader, it ain’t happening. I can promise you.”
He also said, should President Donald Trump remain in office or the Republicans win back the House, that “that takes care of it.”
The Kentucky senator continued on to take a jab at self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and “the legitimate debate about the virtues of socialism” that the country is having now.
“Now, my friends, we’re having a legitimate debate about the virtues of socialism. And I don’t want you to think this is just a 28-year-old congresswoman from New York. This is much broader than that.”
To illustrate his argument, McConnell brought up the vote on the Green New Deal where every Democrat voted “present” — including the presidential primary candidates in the Senate who came out in support of the policy — saying that it showed socialism as “a pervasive policy view on the other side.”
As IJR Blue previously noted, McConnell’s comments came in light of progressive policies that members of the Republican Party have decried as “socialist,” such as Ocasio-Cortez’s environmental nonbinding resolution the Green New Deal and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare-for-All” proposal, which McConnell has blasted as “Medicare-for-None.”