United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been known for years by the hard-nosed nickname "Cocaine Mitch," said Monday in his hometown of Kentucky that leaders wanted a new nickname to show what he was doing in a row progressive political proposals for the left intends: "God's death."
McConnell has long considered the upcoming elections for 2020 to be a referendum on what he calls "complete socialism in the picture" by prominent members of the Democratic Party, including the New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren , Cory Booker Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.
On Monday, the longtime incumbent positioned the Senate as a bulwark to defend capitalism, even if President Trump does not win re-election in 2020.
"They insist on the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, they have fundamentally changed this country and turned it into an unproductive place with significant unemployment and huge problems," McConnell told fans in Owensboro, Kentucky. "I do not want you to think that these are just some crazy minds running around the edge, this is a pervasive policy view on the other side."
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McConnell added in several reports, "If I'm still the Senate Majority Leader after next year, none of these things will happen to the Senate, they will not even vote on Grim Reaper, none of this will happen, none of that."
McConnell brought the Green New Deal resolution from Ocasio-Cortez to a Senate vote in March. The Democrats did not get a single yes vote for the Democrats who claimed the movement was a stunt. McConnell later admitted in an interview with Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the vote was indeed "for show".
But it would be a grave mistake, McConnell warned on Monday, to underestimate the threat posed by the "ubiquitous" rise of socialism.
"We have a legitimate debate about the virtues of socialism, and I do not want you to think that it's just a 28-year-old New York congressman," McConnell said. I have five colleagues in the Senate, five colleagues who run for the president who joined the Green New Deal and Medicare For All. "
"Think of me as the Grim Reaper."
McConnell also pointed out that Amy Klobuchar, a relatively moderate Democratic candidate from 2020 who called for a public option instead of universal Medicare, would similarly destroy the private insurance industry and create major health problems.
McConnell, who became a senator for the first time in 1985, will be available for re-election in 2020. He formally launched his campaign last week, highlighting his work on tax cuts and federal court confirmations.
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Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have allegedly been trying to recruit a challenger, although there are obvious big odds.
Earlier in the year, Matt Jones, a Kentucky sports radio broadcaster who weighed against McConnell, told reporters that he wanted to see a new face in office.
"Somebody in Kentucky has to do something and do that," Jones said. "And it's going to be a big challenge, this guy is almost impossible to beat, but it's possible."
Last month, a campaign began to recruit former figher pilot Amy McGrath, who wanted to run against McConnell to raise funds.
"Amy McGrath has incredible energy to fight Mitch McConnell," said Ryan Aquilina, who heads the Ditch Mitch project. "We had one of our best days in terms of fundraising, and that's an unmistakable testament to how much appetite it has when Amy runs and defeats Mitch McConnell."