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McConnell's Campaign in Hot Water Over Tombstone Tweet

Campaign tweets photo showing fake gravestones featuring his opponent's name, and others
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2019 12:54 AM CDT
Updated Aug 6, 2019 5:14 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(Newser) – Mitch McConnell appeared at Fancy Farm, an annual Kentucky picnic featuring political speeches, on Saturday—and afterward, his campaign tweeted a photo from the event that proved to be controversial. "The Grim Reaper of Socialism at #FancyFarm today," read the tweet, which appeared alongside one photo of the Senate majority leader at the event and another photo showing fake gravestones featuring the names of people and things McConnell feels he has defeated or plans to defeat—including Amy McGrath, his Democratic 2020 challenger, who was not a fan of the photo. More on the ins and outs of the controversy:

  • What was on the other tombstones: Per ABC News: socialism, the Green New Deal (the climate change resolution put forth by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the Senate rejected when McConnell brought it for a vote), Merrick Garland (whose nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by McConnell at the end of then-President Obama's term), and Alison Lundergan Grimes, the challenger McConnell defeated in 2014. Underneath McGrath's name on her gravestone was "November 3rd, 2020"—Election Day.
  • McGrath's response: "Hours after the El Paso shooting, Mitch McConnell proudly tweeted this photo. I find it so troubling that our politics have become so nasty and personal that the Senate Majority Leader thinks it's appropriate to use imagery of the death of a political opponent (me) as messaging."

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