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 August 9, 2023

McConnell's office says he will remain GOP leader through 118th Congress

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn't having the best year regarding his health and his political future. 

Last week, the 81-year-old Republican senator made headlines and raised new concerns over his health after he seemingly froze up in the middle of a televised speech. He was ultimately escorted away by several of his colleagues.

Though he attempted to downplay the situation later that day, many had already raised the question most were thinking: Is McConnell too frail to lead the Republican Party in the upper chamber?

His Kentucky-based office at least partially answered the question this week in a statement affirming that he will continue to lead the GOP Senate through the remainder of the 118th Congress.

"Leader McConnell appreciates the continued support of his colleagues, and plans to serve his full term in the job they overwhelmingly elected him to do," McConnell's office told USA Today.

McConnell had other health issues earlier this year, including several falls.

CNN noted:

McConnell suffered a concussion and broken ribs from a fall he endured earlier this year. He was hospitalized and forced to go to rehab for several weeks before returning to the Senate in the spring. Following the news conference on Wednesday, CNN reported that McConnell has also suffered two other falls this year, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

Former President Donald Trump called the situation regarding McConnell's moment on television "sad," and suggested, along with other high-profile Republicans, that the torch should be passed to younger, fresher GOP leaders.

McConnell, who has fallen out of popularity almost completely with Trump's massive base of support, was ridiculed this week after insisting that Republican lawmakers back down from opening an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

McConnell said that such a situation would "not be good for the country," which generated mountains of ridicule across social media.

Mark Levin tweeted, "covering for his buddy Biden" referencing his insistence that Biden not be impeached.

The 2024 election brings not only a historic race for the White House, but also a high-stakes battle for Republicans' efforts to win back majority control of the Senate.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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