Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his wife were accosted by protestors while out for dinner Friday night. But other patrons at the restaurant came to his defense, shooing one attacker away from the couple.
A video obtained by TMZ shows Sen. McConnell sitting in a booth with his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, at Louisville’s Havana Rumba restaurant in his home state of Kentucky, after four men reportedly approached them while screaming about politics.
According to TMZ, the woman who shot the footage said that prior to when she began recording, “the main aggressor slammed his fists down on McConnell’s table, grabbed his doggie bag and threw the food out the door of the restaurant.”
The witness said the attacker was yelling about Social Security, and told McConnell that he was “killing people with his views.” A voice from behind the camera also yells, “Ditch Mitch!” in the footage.
In the video, the protester can be seen screaming at the couple, “Why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our country alone?” while they remained seated after finishing their meals.
McConnell and Chao remained calm throughout the encounter, but other customers in the restaurant started yelling back at the protester in defense of McConnell, saying “Leave him alone!” The activist starts arguing with the customers at that point, telling them “they’re going to cut Social Security!”
How did the senator respond?
Sen. McConnell’s spokesman David Popp issued a statement following the ordeal, saying, “The Leader and Sec. Chao enjoyed their meal in Louisville last night and they appreciate those who spoke up against incivility.”
Popp continued, “They hope other patrons weren’t too inconvenienced by left-wing tantrums. As the leader often says, the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protestors.”
This isn’t the first time Sen. McConnell has had to deal with being hassled while out-and-about in recent weeks. He was confronted by protestors earlier this month as he strolled through the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., who sought to urge the Leader to oppose the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
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