And laughed. And laughed.And then he blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.More than 210,000 Americans are dead. At least 26 million people are collecting unemployment benefits, and many more than that are unemployed, underemployed, or in danger of losing their jobs.More than 600,000 women left the workforce in September alone (compared with 78,000 men), according to government data.And while the Republican controlled Senate, where McConnell is the majority leader, can get it together to hold lightning-speed confirmation hearings aimed at thrusting Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court before the November 3 election, they have shown no such ability to advance a new relief package for those hundreds of millions of Americans struggling — many with jobs and lives in ruins — as a deadly disease continues its rampage through their communities.
The sequence came as McConnell was asked about the pandemic by his Democratic opponent Amy McGrath, as the retired U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot grilled him about the federal response.
‘His one job is to help America through this crisis right now in passing legislation to keep our economy afloat so that people can make ends meet and instead of doing that, he is trying to ram through a Supreme Court nominee right now, instead of negotiating, which is what he should have been doing all summer long to make that happen,’ she said.
The incumbent senator, who is running for his seventh term, minimized her platform: ‘I think her entire campaign is: She’s a Marine, she’s a mom and I’ve been there too long.’
McGrath said, ‘Senator, you’ve been there for 36 years. How’s it looking, Kentucky?’
The debate came ahead of Kentucky beginning collecting ballots via in-person voting, in addition to absentee ballots which are already arriving.
In the debate, McGrath cited her military background in contrast to what she labeled partisan polices on McConnell’s part in blaming Democrats for the inability to get deals done.
‘If you want to call yourself a leader, you’ve got to get things done,’ she said. ‘Those of us who served in the Marines, we don’t just point fingers at the other side, we get the job done.’
The Star Wars actor often gives his political views via social media, calling President Donald Trump ‘the worst president in U.S. history’ in a separate tweet.