On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appeared unwell at the start of his weekly press conference in the U.S. Capitol. The GOP leader froze up after stepping forward to begin remarks before Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) supported him away from reporters.
Shortly afterward, however, he returned to the press availability, answering questions from reporters with his usual aplomb. In response to an inquiry about the incident, McConnell simply stated “I’m fine.”
An aide to McConnell spoke with NBC News and revealed that the GOP leader had “felt lightheaded and stepped away for a moment,” but assured the public that he was “sharp” and “fully able to carry out his duties.”
McConnell’s incident has since been misrepresented and made into a major issue with the mainstream media. Instead of focusing on the ongoing Hunter Biden plea deal in Delaware, the press has instead been quick to latch onto McConnell’s short episode of disorientation, recognizing it as an opportunity to pander to their audiences through wholly needless exaggeration.
Q: “Could you address what happened here at the start of the press conference and was it related to your injury from earlier this year where you suffered a concussion?”
Sen. McConnell: “I’m fine.”
Q: “You’re fine? You’re fully able to do your job?”
McConnell: “Yeah.” pic.twitter.com/Can1RtzqmM
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 26, 2023
The media, curiously, have paid little if any attention at all to the vulnerabilities of other prominent political figures. Questions about the health, wellbeing, or fitness to serve of Joe Biden, Senator John Fetterman, or any other liberal politician have been virtually nonexistent, a fact which can only lead one to the conclusion that they seek to manipulate current events into hewing to their own narrative.
That being said, it should be noted that we do not know what underlying conditions McConnell, or any other politician, may possess. As such, we should all strive to maintain courtesy and respect for whatever obstacles our elected representatives face; the public deserves no less, and our nation demands an informed, active electorate. Anything less would be a disservice to all of us.
WATCH: Senator Mitch McConnell appears physically unwell during press conference. pic.twitter.com/L861NebuNF
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 26, 2023