Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refuses to step down as Senate minority chief after lately struggling a concussion and two subsequent incidences the place he appeared to freeze.
“I’ve no bulletins to make on that topic,” McConnell stated throughout a press convention on Wednesday.
When requested if he plans to retire, McConnell replied, “I’m going to complete my time period as chief, and I’m going to complete my Senate time period.”
McConnell dodged questions on his concussion in March, referencing his doctor’s claims about his well being.
“I believe Dr. Monahan coated the topic totally … I don’t have something so as to add to it,” he stated.
Attending Doctor Brian Monahan claimed McConnell’s current freezing occasions have been “not unusual in concussion restoration and will also be anticipated on account of dehydration.”
WATCH: Mitch McConnell Freezes Mid-Speech, Led Away from Podium
It’s “an insufficient clarification to say that is dehydration,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated, arguing McConnell confirmed indicators of a “focal neurologic occasion” throughout his newest freeze.
“It doesn’t imply he can’t serve, but it surely implies that any person must get up and say, ‘Wow, this appears like a seizure,’” Paul stated.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) stated Wednesday that McConnell ought to “completely” not stay the GOP minority chief within the Senate following his freezing episodes.
“My view is that 2024 is an awfully vital election for Republicans; we must always have taken again the Senate final yr; we didn’t,” he stated. “That is our shot to take it again. I simply hope we’re going to be targeted on that.”
McConnell, 81, is the longest-serving social gathering chief in Senate historical past. He overcame ten Republican “no” votes in November to stay minority chief.
he had obtained “no” votes as Senate chief, an indication the GOP had begun to show in opposition to his institution agenda.
McConnell’s political place has remained constant over time, infuriating many critics. Underneath McConnell’s Senate management, the nationwide debt rose almost $20 trillion, unlawful immigration surged, and actual wages for American staff haven’t grown. Obamacare was enacted in 2010. Congress bailed out large banks in 2008, and social media corporations silenced people with out repercussions.