A group of about two dozen protesters gathered outside Senator Mitch McConnell’s Louisville, Kentucky home on Monday night, calling him “Murder Turtle” and chanting “If we can’t get no rest ‘cause of you, you won’t get no rest ‘cause of us.”
The informal protest gathered controversy online after a pair of individuals livestreaming the event on Facebook were heard asking someone to use voodoo on McConnell, or to “just stab the mother****er in the heart, please.”
Other protesters shouted and made a ruckus outside the senator’s residence, banging objects and dragging a shovel back and forth along the asphalt, with McConnell, said to be recovering from an injury to his shoulder, thought to be inside.
Online, users hurled abuse at the senator on his Twitter account, creating the hashtag #MassacreMoscowMitch, a play on the #MoscowMitch hashtag that went viral last week after McConnell blocked two Democratic-sponsored election reform bills.
Several members of Congress, including independent Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, and House leader Nancy Pelosi called on McConnell to bring forward a vote on a gun control bill already passed by the House in February, with McConnell declining, calling for “bipartisan” measures to be taken instead.
The calls to violence outside McConnell’s residence and the #MassacreMoscowMitch hashtag sparked anger from Republican-leaning users online, with some tweeting about the country being “at a dangerous tipping point” and blaming Democratic-leaning media for the angry rhetoric.
Every tweet about Mitch McConnell’s accident is filled with the most vile hate you can imagine & fantasies about his death. Now far left lunatics are harassing his home while he recovers too. We’re at a dangerous tipping point and I hope everyone wakes up before it’s too late.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) 6 августа 2019 г.
MSNBC and CNN is responsible for this madness.— Kayleen 🇺🇸 (@kayleencaulfiel) 6 августа 2019 г.
At least 20 people were killed and 26 others injured on Saturday after a gunman opened fire on passerby in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with another gunman attacking people in Dayton, Ohio later in the evening, killing nine and injuring 26 others. Authorities are treating the pair of incidents as acts of domestic terrorism.
President Donald Trump spoke to the FBI and his attorney general about the incident, and said “a lot of things” were “being done right now” to put an end to the spate of mass shootings plaguing the US. Trump later proposed “strong” firearm purchase background checks to be put into a prospective immigration reform bill. On Monday, Trump called on Americans to condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy, and said “more has to be done” to address gun violence, including reforms to mental health laws, and efforts to tackle a “violent culture” that he said was seen in things like “video games that celebrate violence.”