McConnell on Tuesday claimed the House’s impeachment of President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal and the subsequent Senate trial “diverted the attention of the government” away from the developing public health crisis “because everything, every day, was all about impeachment.”
“It came up while we were, you know, tied down in the impeachment trial,” McConnell told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
Critics made the #MitchPlease hashtag trend on Twitter as they bashed McConnell for suggesting Trump ― who initially downplayed the threat of the virus ― and his government could not focus on more than one task at once.
Why didn’t Mitch McConnell and the Republicans use all the time they saved not listening to witnesses to get ready for the coronavirus?#MitchPlease
— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) March 31, 2020
This is the immature nonsense Trump was tweeting last month instead of preparing the government and the nation for the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/tbgnpsWBTX
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 31, 2020
Trump response to impeachment- coronavirus
Jan 9 – rally
Jan 14 – rally
Jan 18 – golf
Jan 19 – golf
Jan 28 – rally
Jan 30 – rally
Feb 1 – golf
Feb 10 – rally
Feb 15 – golf
Feb 19 – rally
Feb 20 – rally
Feb 21 – rally
Feb 28 – rally
March 7 – golf
March 8 – golf
— Risky Liberal (@RiskyLiberal) March 31, 2020
a lot of justified outrage at @senatemajldr‘s lame excuse that impeachment distracted him and Trump from coronavirus.
I wanna say this:
Mitch, I hear you! If we didn’t have an impeachably corrupt President, we might have had an effective COVID19 response.
Couldn’t agree more!
— Dan Baer (@danbbaer) March 31, 2020
#Mitchplease is a hashtag I can get behind and actually use. When the Senate majority was done abdicating its duty in the impeachment proceedings, did they turn to the COVID crisis?
They went after abortion. He held two floor votes on bills restricting abortion on Feb 25.
— Leila Abolfazli (@LeilaAbol) March 31, 2020
Trump talked about “reopening” America LAST WEEK. Now they’re projecting 100K deaths.
Now the Republicans are trying to blame his failure to respond to this pandemic on impeachment.
Don’t forget the trial was OVER on Feb 5 and Trump held a RALLY on Feb 28. pic.twitter.com/Pmgkf8OlFb
— Kit Williamson (@kitwilliamson) April 1, 2020
Senator Mitch McConnell:
You may have been distracted by impeachment from acting to fight coronavirus, but not everyone was.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 31, 2020
Don’t get distracted by Mitch McConnell’s absurd argument that Trump only blew the coronavirus crisis because of impeachment. The real story here is that McConnell is admitting Trump blew the coronavirus response.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 31, 2020
The only thing that distracted your golden god from protecting Americans from a pandemic was his own ego. Stop pandering to that sinking ship and accept the fact that you and your ilk have done more damage to democracy than anything in the history of our country.
— Jack Wallen (@jlwallen) April 1, 2020
Mitch is claiming the Senate’s #COVIDー19 response was slowed by the impeachment trial.
— Mike Broihier (@MikeForKY) March 31, 2020
McConnell says the Gov. was too distracted by impeachment to handle coronavirus
How’d that go?
Staff: Senator-experts are saying we must prepare for a coronavirus pandemic!
— Steve Cochran (@CochranShow) March 31, 2020
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