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After latest freezing incident, 81-year-old Mitch McConnell deemed 'medically clear' to maintain schedule
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After latest freezing incident, 81-year-old Mitch McConnell deemed 'medically clear' to maintain schedule

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, 81, had another public freezing episode on Wednesday, but attending physician to Congress Brian Monahan said in a Thursday statement that the senator is "medically clear" to maintain his schedule.

"I have consulted with Leader McConnell and conferred with his neurology team. After evaluating yesterday's incident, I have informed Leader McConnell that he is medically clear to continue with his schedule as planned. Occasional lightheadedness is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration," Monahan noted.

Earlier this year, McConnell was treated for a concussion after tripping and also was said to have suffered a rib fracture.

Back in 2019, the long-serving legislator tripped, suffering a fractured shoulder.

The recent freezing incident occurred on Wednesday after McConnell had been asked about his thoughts on running for re-election in 2026. Initially, McConnell indicated that he had trouble hearing the questioner. The questioner tried a second time, but McConnell replied, "What are my thoughts about what?" After the questioner asked a third time, McConnell seemed like perhaps he was going to say something, but he then proceeded to stand silently while staring off blankly.

Mitch McConnell appears to freeze when asked about re-electionwww.youtube.com

McConnell, who has served as a U.S. senator for more than three decades, had previously frozen up in a similar manner last month.

GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has claimed that McConnell, President Joe Biden, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, and Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania are not fit to serve.

"These politician’s staff and family members should be ashamed of themselves by enabling and allowing their loved ones to remain in office all to hold power," Greene asserted in a post on X.

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota similarly posted, "For goodness sake, the family, friends, and staff of Senators Feinstein and McConnell are doing them and our country a tremendous disservice. It's time for term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, and some basic human decency."

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