It’s getting harder and harder for Republicans to get a good meal at a restaurant these days. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was followed to his car by protesters on Saturday. They hurled both personal insults and political rhetoric at him while he left a Kentucky restaurant.
The scene took place in a parking lot outside of a Louisville restaurant. It was captured on camera by one of the protesters. You can hear the group chanting “vote you out!” and “abolish ICE!” to the Republican senator from Kentucky. One man can be heard calling the senator “turtle head” and repeatedly saying “we know where you live” as the senator and two dining companions climb into their vehicle.
McConnell refused to respond to the protesters’ comments.
This is McConnell’s second experience like this in the last two weeks.
In June, the senator and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, we met by protesters in Washington, D.C. while leaving an event at Georgetown University.
Apparently hundreds of people were protesting Saturday outside of Louisville’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, just a few miles from the restaurant. Some of the protesters were members of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
David Popp, a McConnell spokesperson, said after the incident, “If the Leader comments on being called a fascist and a supporter of ICE by a small handful of extremist protesters then I will let you know.”
The Louisville protesters took aim at McConnell for his support of the Trump administration’s detention of families who illegally cross the border.
“Where are the children?” one protester asked McConnell. “Where are the babies, Mitch?” another said.
But the democratic socialists of Louisville told the Post that although three members were in the crowd, the organization was not associated with the man who shouted about knowing where the senator lived.
“This person is not a DSA member, nor do we know who he is or what he meant by that statement,” the chapter wrote in an email to the Post. “We believe it is a reference to peacefully protesting in front of McConnell’s house, which is a regular occurrence in Louisville. However, we cannot speak more to the comment because it did not come from our organization or our members.”