Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been receiving backlash while his reelection is on the line. On Wednesday, the Louisville Courier published an op-ed arguing why McConnell should not be elected.
“I have studied and interacted with many members of Congress,” wrote veteran progressive activist Ralph Nader. “McConnell is the most brazen evil, cruel and powerful legislator in the last 50 years. His lack of empathy for the vulnerable and disadvantaged is stunning.”
Nader noted that McConnell has a history of being cruel to those less fortunate than him.
“McConnell, comfortably embraced by the Congress’ socialized medicine, loses no sleep saying yes to a corporate-profit-glutted, wasteful corporatized health care industry whose denials, co-payments and exemptions are costing thousands of uninsured and insured American lives a year. He fought but failed to end Obamacare, pleased to consign another 22 million people to the dreaded, uninsured hell,” Nader writes, adding that he has vigorously fought against relief for Americans who are hurting financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Nader, “McConnell’s back-of-the-hand to coal mine workers’ safety, survivors’ pensions and continuing black lung payments, mainly harms Kentucky, but his other aggressions against people in favor of big business affect the entire country. He bragged at an event in Owensboro that he and he alone decides what issues this Senate votes on.”
McConnell was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984. This year, his latest Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, was hoping to unseat him. But McConnell appears heading for reelection.
“McConnell has the gall to campaign on ‘Kentucky Values,’” Nader writes. “Voters in Kentucky, with a little homework, or a factual memory of this senatorial oligarch, shouldn’t have difficulty in rejecting those claims. McConnell has gotten away with ferociously shredding Kentucky values for 36 years. He smugly expects six more years.”