#MoscowMitchMcTreason trends after McConnell decries ‘McCarthyism’

#MoscowMitchMcTreason trends after McConnell decries ‘McCarthyism’
Gage Skidmore https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/8566770299

“Moscow Mitch” is a name that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has repeatedly used to attack Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for opposing a series of election security bills, and he has clearly gotten under the skin of the Kentucky Republican — who described denounced the name as “modern-day McCarthyism.” And the day after that, the hashtag ##MoscowMitchMcTreason was trending online.

Scarborough and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank have been describing McConnell as “Moscow Mitch” as a way of saying that when McConnell opposes bills designed to promote election security, he is encouraging the Russian government to interfere in U.S. elections.

On the Senate, McConnell indignantly asserted, “I don’t normally take the time to respond to critics in the media when they have no clue what they’re talking about, but this modern-day McCarthyism is toxic and damaging because of the way it warps our entire public discourse. Facts matter. Details matter. History matters. And if our nation is losing the ability to debate public policy without screaming about treason — that really matters.”

After Scarborough’s blistering attacks on McConnell last week, the hashtag #MoscowMitch went viral — and on Tuesday, a different hashtag, #MoscowMitchMcTreason, was trending.

On Twitter, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City described McConnell’s claims of McCarthyism as nonsense, posting, “McCarthyism is the practice of baselessly accusing political opponents of being communists.” The 29-year-old congresswoman went on to say that “blocking action to protect U.S. elections despite official DoJ pleas” doesn’t “make you a communist” — only a “bad leader.”

Scott Dworkin, head of the Democratic Coalition (a political action committee), was even more biting on Twitter, asserting that if McConnell “doesn't want to be called a traitor, then he should stop being one.”

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.