- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced another pause during his speech in a press conference on Wednesday.
- This marked the second such incident within a month, with the first occurring during a GOP press conference in July.
- Earlier in March, McConnell had been injured with a concussion and broken rib after a fall in a Washington hotel.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell experienced another pause during a press conference on Wednesday, making it the second such instance within just a few weeks.
Hosting the press conference in Kentucky, McConnell seemed to lose his train of thought when confronted by a reporter’s query about “running for reelection in 2026.”
Having assumed his senatorial role in 1985, McConnell attempted to voice a response but then trailed off into an uneasy silence.
A prolonged, roughly 10-second hush was disrupted when an aide approached him to verify if he had discerned the question.
McConnell’s subdued reply was a whispered “Yes,” yet this was followed by another lapse of silence.
An apologetic aide then interjected, stating, “Alright, I’m sorry, y’all, we’re gonna need a minute.”
After a brief exchange between the aide, another assistant, and McConnell — where McConnell’s comments were largely inaudible — he seemed to regain his footing.
Subsequently, the aide solicited the next question.
Once settled, McConnell addressed a query regarding former President Donald Trump, firmly choosing not to comment on the presidential race’s context.
For context, late in July, McConnell also had a momentary disruption during a weekly GOP press conference, leading to his colleagues from the Senate having to guide him away.
It’s noteworthy to mention that McConnell had previously been injured with a concussion and a broken rib due to a fall at a hotel located in Washington, D.C., during March.
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