Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Louisville home was vandalized early Saturday morning following his blocking of $2,000 stimulus checks to most Americans, police said.
The vandals left messages like “where’s my money” and other expletives written with spray paint across the front door and bricks of the Senate Majority Leader.
McConnell said in a statement Saturday morning that “I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not.”
“This is different,” the Kentucky Republican continued. “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society.”
“My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum,” he added.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, condemned the vandalism in a tweet Saturday, calling it “unacceptable.”
“While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason,” Beshear wrote.
The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 2, 2021
The vandalism comes after McConnell blocked a stand-alone proposal for $2,000 direct cash payments to American households that qualify — an idea supported by President Donald Trump, 44 House Republicans and several Senate Republicans.