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Mitch McConnell loses leftovers in confrontation by heckler at Louisville restaurant

A heckler confronted Sen. Mitch McConnell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at Havana Rumba in this image from a video obtained by TMZ.
A heckler confronted Sen. Mitch McConnell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at Havana Rumba in this image from a video obtained by TMZ.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, were interrupted by a heckler who made a scene while the couple dined at a Cuban restaurant in Louisville Friday night.

TMZ first reported the confrontation Saturday morning, sharing a video that shows the man waving his arms and talking loudly, while McConnell sits silently in a booth, hands folded.

“Why don’t you get out of here,” the man can be heard saying, along with the statements, “Why don’t you leave our entire country alone?” and “they’re gonna come for Social Security.”

A woman behind the camera calls out, “Ditch Mitch!”

The Courier Journal reported that a man picked up McConnell’s leftovers and dumped them out on the sidewalk during the incident and that a woman in the restaurant “approached their table” and called McConnell a “traitor” before leaving.

“The Leader and Sec. Chao enjoyed their meal in Louisville last night and they appreciate those who spoke up against incivility,” a McConnell spokesman said in a statement. “They hope other patrons weren’t too inconvenienced by left-wing tantrums. As the Leader often says, the Senate will not be intimidated by the antics of far-left protestors.”

Havana Rumba, the restaurant where the incident occurred, posted a statement on its Facebook page Saturday night, saying in part: “We deeply regret the incident that took place at our restaurant this weekend. We strongly believe everyone should feel welcome and safe in our restaurants. It was Friday night in the middle of the rush and our staff was caught off guard as the incident developed quickly. Once we were aware of the situation we acted quickly and efficiently to assure that everyone was safe.”

In June, a group of protesters confronted McConnell over immigration policies in Washington, D.C., and Chao quickly fired back at them, “Why don’t you leave my husband alone?”

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