Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze again during a gaggle with reporters in Covington, Kentucky, today stopping for more than 30 seconds after he was asked if he would run for re-election.
Multiple aides had to step in as you can see in the video below. This is the second time in two months that Mitch has frozen on camera. Today McConnell, R-Ky., had been taking questions from reporters when he suddenly stopped talking and stared off into nowhere.
The other time Mitch froze up his fellow GOP Senators had to step in. Mitch looked like he was trying to restart his speech but was unable when Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., escorted McConnell away from the cameras and reporters.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa appeared to make a sign of the cross as if she was praying for McConnell.
A few minutes later, McConnell came back to the press conference by himself.
He stood away from the podium and when asked about his health he said he was fine.
According to NBC:
McConnell, 81, was released from a physical rehabilitation facility in late March where he had been for more than a week after a fall.
The Republican leader tripped and fell March 8 after an event for the Senate Leadership Fund — a Republican super PAC aligned with McConnell and GOP leadership — at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington.
He was hospitalized with a concussion and discharged March 13.
BREAKING: Mitch McConnell once again has just frozen and was walked off during questioning.
This is the second time this month this has happened on camera. pic.twitter.com/2FmJSeIB20
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) August 30, 2023
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) August 30, 2023
Flag: McConnell just stopped abruptly during his opening statement during the gop leadership presser and appeared to be unable to restart talking. He then stepped away and walked away with Barrasso: pic.twitter.com/f1kFUjggzm
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 26, 2023