Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who recently suffered a concussion and twice appeared to freeze, refuses to resign as the Senate's minority leader.
“I have no announcements to make on that subject,” McConnell stated in a press conference on Wednesday.
When asked if he is planning to retire, McConnell replied, “I’m going to finish my term as leader, and I’m going to finish my Senate term.”
In response to inquiries about his concussion in March, McConnell cited his doctor's statements regarding his well-being.
“I think Dr. Monahan covered the subject fully … I don’t have anything to add to it,” he said.
Attending Physician Brian Monahan believed McConnell’s recent freezing events were “not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration.”
It is “an inadequate explanation to say this is dehydration,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said, arguing McConnell showed signs of a “focal neurologic event” during his latest freeze.
“It doesn’t mean he can’t serve, but it means that somebody ought to wake up and say, ‘Wow, this looks like a seizure,’” Paul said.
Following his instances of freezing, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) declared on Wednesday that McConnell “definitely” shouldn't continue serving as the GOP minority leader in the Senate.
“My view is that 2024 is an awfully important election for Republicans; we should have taken back the Senate last year; we didn’t,” he said. “This is our shot to take it back. I just hope we’re going to be focused on that.”
The longest-serving party leader in the history of the Senate is McConnell, 81. To continue serving as minority leader in November, he overcame ten Republican “no” votes.
It was the first time McConnell had received a “no” vote in his capacity as Senate leader, an indication that the GOP was starting to shift against his establishment-backed policies.
Many of McConnell's detractors are enraged by the fact that his political stance hasn't changed over time. The national debt increased by roughly $20 trillion during his time as Senate majority leader, illegal immigration increased, and real wages for American workers stagnated. In 2010, Obamacare came into effect. In 2008, Congress bailed out large banks, and social media corporations suppressed users without suffering any consequences.