Sen. Mitch McConnell recently characterized people protesting the Trump administration and the GOP’s failure to thoroughly and publicly investigate its ties to Russia as “left-wing radicals.”
I am a 53-year-old white woman. I am a lawyer. I have two cats. I knit. I am divorced, but I have two very dear stepsons of whom I am exceedingly proud. My friends are mostly white, but some are Latina. My parents were Republicans. I grew up in Union, back when it was pastureland. I have lived in Cynthiana, Paintsville, Frankfort and Lexington since leaving Northern Kentucky. I went to college and law school in Kentucky.
Does any of that make me a radical? Or is it simply that I am vocally opposing the cover-up of the Trump administration’s Russian ties and its connection to white supremacists? Does objection to treason make me a radical? Does objection to systemic, government-endorsed racism make me a radical? Does exercising my First Amendment rights make me a radical?
When McConnell marginalizes his constituents, he is effectively saying that we are merely pawns in his game; that he does not and has never served us; that he does not, in fact, endorse the Constitution that he took an oath to uphold and protect.
McConnell should reconsider his contemptuous dismissal of citizens exercising their democratic rights.