Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is having a hard time eating out at restaurants without crowds of constituents protesting him.
The most recent public humiliation of Sen. McConnell happened at the Sarino restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, where McConnell lives when he’s not in Washington. A bar trivia host recognized him, and used his speaker to disrupt McConnell’s dinner, playing the song “Fight the Power” by Hip-Hop group Public Enemy.
Last night for the 2nd time in a week, Protesters interrupted Mitch McConnell’s dinner, this time by blaring Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" and yelling "no justice no peace,” as McConnell tried to eat inside the restaurant.
Keep it up! pic.twitter.com/lAwivU9w59
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) July 10, 2018
Members of the Louisville Occupy ICE protest joined in shaming the senator for doing nothing to stop President Trump’s previous policy of separating children from their parents at the border. McConnell left through the back entrance of the restaurant after protesters started chanting. Police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made and the demonstration ended after McConnell left.
“[Protesters] did it to hold McConnell accountable,” Occupy ICE spokesperson Jesus Ibañez told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “One person had a megaphone … and then management kicked them out.”
However, that wasn’t the first time McConnell was humiliated at a public restaurant. Last weekend, several members of the Louisville chapter of Democratic Socialists of America chased McConnell out of a local restaurant, chanting “vote you out” and “abolish ICE.”
A group of Louisville residents, including several @DemSocialists members, had a message for Mitch McConnell as he left a local restaurant today. Powerful people like Mitch deserve no peace while they enable the imprisonment of babies in concentration camps. #AbolishICE pic.twitter.com/ruCXhbnKse
— Louisville DSA 🌹🥃 (@dsa_louisville) July 7, 2018
To his credit, Mitch McConnell issued an anodyne statement in June calling for a bill to bring families back together, though he never sponsored or voted on any legislation to do so. The Senate Majority Leader has been
“The safety of Americans and the security of our nation require that people who illegally cross our border are not simply released into the United States,” Sen. McConnell stated. “But when families with children breach our border, we should keep those families together whenever possible while our legal system fairly and promptly evaluates their status.”
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