Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) assured a group of his fellow Kentuckians Monday that radical far-left initiatives being floated by Democrats won't pass in the upper chamber under his watch, declaring himself the "Grim Reaper" of socialist policies.
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Speaking at an event in his home state, McConnell asked, "Are we going to turn this into a socialist country?" before warning, "Don't assume it cannot happen. It'll all be in the hands, I think, of the voters of this country next year."
McConnell went on to promise, "If I'm still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate," CBS News reported. "They won't even be voted on. So think of me as the Grim Reaper — the guy who is going to make sure that socialism doesn't land on the president's desk."
McConnell continued, "You pass the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, you have fundamentally changed this country, fundamentally changed it into an unproductive place with significant unemployment and huge problems."
Pointing out that such far-left fringe ideas have worked their way into the mainstream, the majority leader noted that a number of senators running for Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 have expressed support for both proposals; namely Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
McConnell has expressed increasing concern over socialist programs touted by Democrats of late, particularly the multi-trillion dollar Green New Deal and Medicare for All proposals.
Democrats’ “Medicare for None” would slap a $32 trillion tab on Americans, and that’s just a rough estimate for the… https://t.co/yAnwxD5b7q— Leader McConnell (@Leader McConnell)1554822958.0
From the Green New Deal to Medicare for None, it’s ironic that so many Democrats are choosing to pivot to socialism… https://t.co/O7Gu4ePKXF— Leader McConnell (@Leader McConnell)1554912883.0