Pelosi Whips out ‘Moscow Mitch’ Nickname to Criticize McConnell for Blocking Legislation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) while pulling out the “Moscow Mitch” nickname.

Pelosi took aim at McConnell during a Democratic County Chairs’ Association brunch in Illinois on Wednesday in Illinois, blasting him for blocking legislation in the Senate that has the support of the Democrat-led House of Representatives.

“We all want to invest in building our democracy and saving it from any enemies, foreign and domestic,” she said, adding:

“We’ve sent our legislation to the Senate. Moscow Mitch says that he is the Grim Reaper. Imagine describing yourself as the Grim Reaper, that he’s going to bury all this legislation. Well, we have news for him. All this legislation is alive and well in the general public.”

See Pelosi’s comment below:

As IJR Blue previously reported, McConnell received the “Moscow Mitch” nickname after he blocked two election security bills.

The Kentucky Democratic Party went as far as creating “Moscow Mitch” merchandise. A Washington Post op-ed also labeled McConnell a “Russian asset.”

The Republican leader wasn’t too stoked on it as he previously swiped back.

“I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about, but this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic and damaging because of the way it warps our entire public discourse,” McConnell said during a floor speech. “Facts matter. Details matter. History matters.”

As IJR News reported, McConnell is finding himself under pressure during the August recess following two mass shootings that struck the country in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to bring up a vote on gun control legislation.

However, the Senate majority leader has made it clear that there will be “bipartisan discussions” once they’re back from the recess on Sept. 9 because “I want to make a law” instead of seeing “political sparring going on.”

President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he believes McConnell wants to tighten background checks: “He wants to do background checks. I do too, and I think a lot of Republicans do.”


  1. WHAT is it you would call Mitch if he blocked 2 election security bills passed by the House? WHAT would you call Mitch if he led the effort to lift sanctions on Deraposka’s companies? A former lifelong Republican coined the name “Moscow Mitch.” TWELVE R’s voted broke with Mitch on lifting the sanctions. “Moscow Mitch” fits him so well.

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