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Democrat 2020 Challenger to Mitch McConnell Compared Trump’s Election to 9/11

Democrat 2020 Challenger to Mitch McConnell Compared Trump’s Election to 9/11

“And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me”

Democrats can’t stand Mitch McConnell. As Senate Majority Leader, he has been far too effective confirming judges and supporting other aspects of Trump’s agenda for the left’s liking.

To the left and media’s delight, retired Marine pilot Amy McGrath announced her candidacy to unseat McConnell in 2020. Yes, the same woman who ran unsuccessfully for the 6th Congressional district in 2018.

Paul Waldman of the Washington Post seems to be taking her very seriously:

Mitch McConnell has a real challenger

Want to know who the most unpopular politician in America is? Nope, it’s not President Trump. Not Nancy Pelosi, either. It’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He’s up for reelection next year, and he has a potentially strong challenger in Amy McGrath, who announced her candidacy Monday. McGrath is an appealing candidate, but she has an uphill climb ahead of her, in ways that illuminate the polarized, partisan environment we find ourselves in.

You can watch McGrath’s excellent announcement video above. What’s interesting about it is the way she takes a familiar and often trite argument but applies it to somebody who for a change actually deserves the criticism.

Here’s the video Waldman is referring to:

It has been pointed out by more than one pundit that this video does not contain a single mention of the word “Kentucky.”

Geoffrey Skelley of FiveThirtyEight takes a more realistic view and notes that while McGrath came close in her 2018 run for Congress, she ultimately came up short:

The Democrats Have A Candidate In Kentucky. But Can She Beat Mitch McConnell?

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection in 2020, and Democrats would love nothing more than to defeat the GOP leader. And now one major Democratic candidate has stepped up to challenge him: retired Marine pilot Amy McGrath. But Democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up too high. Kentucky’s strong Republican lean makes it unlikely that McGrath or any other Democrat will defeat McConnell in 2020.

McGrath, of course, is no stranger to just how difficult it is to run as a Democrat in Kentucky. In 2018, she ran unsuccessfully for Kentucky’s 6th District where she lost to incumbent GOP Rep. Andy Barr by 3 points…

And while McGrath might be one of the best candidates Democrats can put up against McConnell, it will still be mighty difficult for her to actually win in ruby red Kentucky.

I should point out that just 24 hours before her announcement, the media decided by pure coincidence to dig into McConnell’s family history.

Corky Siemaszko reported at NBC News:

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers owned 14 slaves, bringing reparations issue close to home

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to the descendants of American slaves, has a family history deeply entwined in the issue: Two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, U.S. census records show.

The two great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama — all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

The details about McConnell’s ancestors, discovered by NBC News through a search of ancestry and census records, came in the wake of recent hearings on reparations before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Finally, while McGrath should be commended for her military service to America, she compared Trump’s 2016 win to the attacks of September 11th.

Tal Axelrod writes at The Hill:

Trump blasts McConnell’s Democratic challenger: She ‘compared my election to September 11th’

President Trump on Tuesday evening hammered Amy McGrath, the newly-announced Democratic challenger to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in Kentucky, slamming her for comparing his election to 9/11…

McGrath, who narrowly lost a House race in the Bluegrass State last year, has lamented Trump’s White House victory, saying it felt similar to the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me,” she said at a November 2017 candidate forum, according to the Courier Journal. “I felt like, ‘what has just happened to my country?’ The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it was the feeling I had after 9/11.”

To his credit, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her to explain this. The video below is cued to begin at the 3:26 mark, just press play:

Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner hit the mark with this analysis:

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This is a minor quibble but she was not a pilot due to her having poor eye sight – she was a Weapons System Officer (WSO). I had a friend in college who joined the Navy and was a RIO (old terminology) – he never claimed to be a pilot.

    snopercod in reply to katasuburi. | July 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    That sounds like a case of stolen valor to me.

    aren’t wso (or rio from older terms) emergency qualified to at least try to fly if pilot hurt or am I remembering wrong?
    still it is an important terminology difference.

    Mac45 in reply to katasuburi. | July 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    McGrath was a pilot. From 1999-2004, she was a WSO, because her eye sight was not 20/20. In 2004, she underwent RK, which corrected her vision. She reentered flight school, graduated and was assigned to an F/A-18 squadron as a pilot. She flew numerous combat mission between 2005 and 2011. She then returned to CONUS in a non-flight status.

    What is interesting is the fact that as she was the first female Marine fighter pilot to fly combat missions. Yet, she retired, after 20 years, as only a Lt. Colonel who never had a squadron command.

    ROTONDARON in reply to katasuburi. | July 13, 2019 at 11:22 am

    SOMEONE, SO DRIVEN BY A PERSONAL VENDETTA, COULD THEY ACTUALLY CONCENTRATE ON “DOING THE JOB”, OR…..GET REVENGE? America, haqs way too many politicians, with ulterior motives, or the “wrong motives”…….Their job is to serve their constituents, not “get revenge, or line their pockets!…

    { By the way…..What ever happened to the politicians, that paid out over 17 Million $’s, to cover up, & pay off their sexual indiscriminations? ? ? ? ? These “people”, should be expelled from their elected positions, & never allowed to perform in a public office again! { Slick Perverted Willie…..Hillary…..Gore…..Weiner……Dennis Hastert….*who else*? ? ? ? { get them out!}

Who said: “America loves a loser”?

Hmmmm. She’s a politician and her mouth is moving. Nuff said.

Wow – that is one angry dyke.

2smartforlibs | July 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

The percentage of politicians that are reelected no matter the rating is staggering.

    mrtomsr in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 10, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Many decades of perfecting their job security. The system has been fine tuned for that purpose right down to the neighborhood level. It works exactly the way they want it to. Unelected bureaucrats get the blame for loss of liberty and individual freedoms, and all other negative issues that the elected politicians create, while everyone gets job security and great pensions with no worries that their pension fund will dry up like social security.

    Valerie in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Mitch McConnell has done one hell of a job for the Repubs and the Trump supporters. He found candidates for us. He knows the rules, and he uses them well. He is bringing us competent judges.

    Have I mentioned how much contempt I have for a judge who refuses to cite the applicable law in an opinion reversing an executive order? or one who bases an opinion on a political opponent’s rewriting of a politician’s comments rather than the text of an executive order?

    The only beef I have with capital “C” Conservatives is the way they continue to crow about McConnell bring up “conservative” judges. In my view, the descriptive word is “competent.” The behavior of some of the Obama appointees since DJT has taken office is not consistent with the standard of action of Liberal judges, either.

Stella Polaris | July 10, 2019 at 11:37 am

“And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me”
Come closer … closer … now lean in just a bit

Because, in the Leftist mind, voters’ election of a candidate that you oppose is morally and substantively equivalent to 3,000 of your fellow citizens being murdered in a horrific manner, by Muslim terrorists.

This woman may be a veteran, but, I cannot respect someone who hews to this utterly vile and totalitarian mindset. Another useless Dhimmi-crat with late-stage Trump Derangement Syndrome.

According to bio, after graduating Naval Academy, she became a WSO instead of pilot due to poor eye sight. She had lasix corrective eye surgery and completed flight school 2004. First woman to fly F/A-18 in combat.

I didn’t think it was possible, but Mitch McConnell may actually have an opponent that is uglier than he is.

McGrath reminds me of the charisma-free McSally in Arizona (and I am not talking about the similar names). McGrath comes across the same way as McSally does: someone whose resume should be an asset but nevertheless comes across as a slow-witted pompous ass.

Massive Democrat voting fraud aside, McSally lost a still winnable race to a raving lunatic Democrat who compared her state to a meth lab. Unlike the hapless McSally, Democrat McGrath will benefit from Third World level voting fraud. That alone should make everyone nervous.

Let’s hope McConnell goes after McGrath as hard as he did against Roy Moore.

US fighter planes experience a lot of oxygen delivery systems malfunctions. Maybe her brain was starved of oxygen over time, resulting in the person we see before us now.

Another socialist infilTRAITOR

…the fact that, you know, nobody really expected President Trump to win…

Well, the fact is, you know, a vast swath of American voters did expect him to win and I sure as heck did too expect Donald J Trump to win when I, fully with knowledge aforethought, did eagerly cast my vote for him — and I further eagerly await the day coming very soon when I shall cast my vote for President Trump again.

Good luck to you and your obligatory lapdog press (and big money Hollywood backers destined for abject failure yet again) winning against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky which President Trump absolutely dominated by +30 points over Hillary Rotten-Clinton, dudette.

And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me . . . The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it was the feeling I had after 9/11.

OMG, what a pantywaist.

Married to a man?

John Kerry served in Vietnam.
Bradley Manning served in the Army.
Bowe Bergdahl served in Afghanistan.
Hell Benedict Arnold was a general!

Serving in the military is no pass to an idiot like this woman.

She can get a lot of money via campaign contributions by running if the Dems will pick her. Infinite money will be coming in because Mitch is so effective.

So she’ll say whatever the progs want to hear, to be nominated.

Look for the Democrats to run more veterans. The military has, and has always had, its share of partisans of both parties.

It is well for us to remember how Nancy Pelosi won the Speakership: the Democrat Party sought out conservative people to run to the right of the Republicans in conservative areas, and they won. It was called the Blue Dog strategy.

When the Blue Dogs came to Congress, Pelosi told them to sit down and shut up. A lot of them didn’t survive their next election.

The fact that McGrath was in the military is irrelevant. What is relevant is her position on current issues. In McGrath’s case, she has public positions which are in step with liberal Democrat thinking. McConnell is an Establishment Republican of long standing. While many people might wish that a more conservative senator had his seat, he is still preferable to McGrath.

    gourdhead in reply to Mac45. | July 11, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Perfect lead in to my comments. I live in Kentucky and have voted for McConnell every election, not because I like him or everything he does but because he is better than the alternative. McGrath is pure left-wing and will not get my vote.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Dude looks like a lady…..

Albigensian | July 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm

“she compared Trump’s 2016 win to the attacks of September 11th.

But perhaps the fault, dear McGrath, is not in your stars (nor in Pres. Trump) but in yourself?

Excuse me, please, “Target: McConnell.”

Referencing a Marine fighter pilot, retired or otherwise, CNN?

Help me out here, Sarah Palin!

And she doesn’t even play soccer. Or have pink hair.

To be fair, since liberals blame America for 9/11 and given their absolute HATRED for America and support for all things Islam, they really weren’t that impacted by 9/11 to begin with.

I don’t doubt that this guy really was more deeply affected by Trump’s election than he was by 9/11.

Grrr8 American | July 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

It’s a tough one. If I lived in KY I’d probably sit out the election (or at least that race). McConnell is establishment / deep state — him losing might pave the way for a Republican Republican to lead the GOP in the Senate. Losing one “Republican” seat on paper and getting someone who’s actually (at least) sympathetic to Conservatives as Senate GOP leader (minority or majority) would be a good trade.

    gourdhead in reply to Grrr8 American. | July 12, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I would have to wait for a real conservative Republican to primary ‘The Turtle’ out. My hope is that Governor Matt Bevin runs for McConnell’s seat in time.