Mitch McConnell Says He Will Finish His Term

Mitch McConnell Says He Will Finish His Term

( – On July 27, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) froze mid-sentence while speaking to reporters for his weekly press conference. Cameras caught the whole event, as the Kentucky legislator stood speechless, appearing to be suspended in time for about 20 seconds. While he joked about the incident later, assuring everyone he was just fine, a similar glitch recently happened in his home state in front of another crowd, causing many to wonder if he should step down from his position.

On September 6, The Hill reported that McConnell vowed to finish his term as senator, which runs through 2026. The 81-year-old seasoned politician said he will “finish [his] term as leader.” On August 31, the Kentucky senator’s physician, Doctor Brian Monahan, wrote a statement saying he spoke with McConnell’s neurology team and he was medically cleared to continue working. Monahan indicated the most recent freezing incident was due to dehydration and a result of the lawmaker’s continued concussion recovery.

After the dual incidents occurred in quick succession, the National Review wrote an article on the matter. While the outlet called McConnell a “legend of the US Senate,” it also noted the senator had noticeably aged since his fall in March. That’s when he sustained his concussion and a broken rib that took him out of commission for a while during recovery.

Political commentator Bill O’Reilly said the Kentucky lawmaker should immediately resign his post, echoing several others calling for his resignation. Podcast host Benny Johnson went so far as to call the politician a “cancer on the GOP.” However, many legislators in the Republican party support the minority leader, stating if his doctor says he’s good to continue, they aren’t in a position to dispute his medical findings.

As it stands, McConnell has no plans to go anywhere anytime soon. As far as the legislator running for another term, he has yet to answer that question.

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