Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was criticized for laughing as he faced the Senate’s inability to take measures to alleviate the coronavirus during Monday’s debate with his Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath.
McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, blamed McConnell for the Senate’s failure to adopt an additional coronavirus relief package that would help millions struggling during the pandemic that killed more than 214,000 Americans and severely affected of the economy and labor market.
During the exchange, McConnell blamed Democrat-led House for inaction, sparking frustrated laughter from McGrath.
“The house passed a bill in May and the Senate went on vacation,”
McConnell laughed in response, sparking waves of criticism on social media.
McGrath meant the Senate took a week-long break for Remembrance Day after rejecting a nearly $ 3 trillion coronavirus stimulation bill approved by the House in May.
“You just don’t do it. You’re negotiating. Senator, this is a national crisis,” McGrath said as McConnell continued to smile and laugh.
“You know the coronavirus won’t end at the end of July. We knew that,” she said. “If you want to call yourself a leader, you have to do things. Those of us who have served in the Marines, we don’t just point the other side. We get the job done.”
McConnell, who still looked amused, said, “No one went on vacation.”
McConnell’s cavalier response to the Senate’s failure to provide economic relief to unemployed Americans struggling during the deadly pandemic has outraged several Democrats on social media.
McGrath also shared the video, saying, “there’s nothing funny about 214,000 Americans dying.”
People commented on the “ominous” and “haunting” sound of McConnell’s laughter.
People also referred to an older video featuring McConnell’s “goblin laughter,” which aired widely on Sunday.
In the 2019 video, which went viral again this week, McConnell laughed happily about blocking Obama’s nominees for judges during his interview with pro-Trump personality Sean Hannity.