When Congress went home for the August recess, Mitch McConnell was taking a well-deserved pounding over his refusal to even allow a vote on bills to protect election security. Never mind that these bills would choke off any potential Russian funny business at the source.
Well, for much of Monday, McConnell–or should we say, Moscow Mitch–is taking an equally well-deserved pounding for another reason. On Saturday, while McConnell was taking the stage at the Fancy Farm Picnic–the traditional kickoff to the start of campaign season in the Bluegrass–McConnell’s campaign team saw fit to fire off this on their official Twitter feed.
One of the pictures depicted a mock tombstone of Merrick Garland’s derailed nomination to the Supreme Court, as well as tombstones of McConnell’s last Senate opponent, outgoing Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, and his current opponent, Amy McGrath.
The fact that McConnell even thought this was a good idea was bad enough, but it was especially outrageous coming mere hours after a horrific and racially-inspired mass shooting in El Paso. The tweet remained live even after two other mass shootings over the weekend–one in Dayton, Ohio; the other in Chicago–and is still up as I write this on Monday night.
Now you’re probably wondering–on what planet would it be acceptable for any major-party campaign to plaster something this outrageous and tone-deaf on social media? Well, we may have our answer. Supporters of that same campaign apparently think it’s a joking matter to choke one of their dear one’s biggest gadflies.
On Monday afternoon, several Twitter users discovered an Instagram picture of several teenage McConnell supporters gathered around a cardboard cutout of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. One of the teens had his hand around the cutout’s neck, as if he was about to choke her.
From leading her fellow freshmen in storming the Senate chamber to get McConnell to hold a vote on reopening the government to calling out McConnell’s refusal to hold votes on election security and gun control, AOC has been a thorn in McConnell’s side. It should come as no shock that these young men don’t think much of AOC’s insolence. But this is several miles over the line.
Clearly, there are some parents who need to have a not-so-friendly chat with their sons. We can start with the person who took the picture. This writer culled through Instagram pictures taken at Fancy Farm that weekend. That search revealed that the picture was part of a collage taken by one Davis McIntire.
The first picture depicts Davis and his friends in what looks like a typical picture of seven teenagers just hanging out to support their candidate.
But the second picture is positively cringeworthy. Master Davis and his friends are hamming it up with the AOC cutout, with one of these very fine young men poised to choke her.
Unlike another high-profile case of conservative teens from Kentucky seemingly behaving badly, there’s no other side to this story. Davis and friends seemingly think it’s remotely okay to joke about choking a woman. And apparently a lot of other people feel the same way. This collage got 161 likes.
Almost as cringeworthy as the picture itself was how Davis responded when one Instagrammer called him out.
Excuse me, Davis? Someone called you out for even thinking this was okay, and you dismiss it as merely someone expressing their opinion? News flash, Davis. There are certain matters on which there is no other side. This is one of them.
In a remarkable case of cognitive dissonance, Davis plays up his Christian faith to the hilt. Take this picture from the previous weekend…
…and this Instagram story from earlier in the year.
So let’s see if we’ve got this right. Master Davis wears his Christian faith like a varsity letter, and yet he finds it acceptable to mockingly choke one of his dear one’s foes? Yep, really good witness there.
I would have liked to get an explanation from Davis about this. But not long after I buzzed him on Instagram, he took his Instagram feed private. Well, Davis, you may be able to run now, but you won’t be able to run from this forever. At some point, you’re going to have to explain this to a college admissions official, or a potential employer.
Imagine if some teenage supporters of Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders or Julian Castro were seen making like they were going to choke Melania Trump, Liz Cheney, or Susan Collins. It would be no less outrageous than what happened on Saturday in Fancy Farm. Any campaign with an iota of decency, regardless of party, would have given such so-called supporters the boot, posthaste.
So tell us, Addison Mitchell. Is this is the type of behavior you’re willing to condone from your campaign? If so, then do both Kentucky and the nation a favor–get out. And as for the parents of Davis and his friends–you need to sit down and have a very long and very unfriendly talk with your sons. This is something that needs to be nipped in the bud, and now.
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