Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been criticized for laughing when confronted with Democratic opponent Amy McGrath during Monday night’s debate about the Senate’s failure to take action to combat coronavirus.
McGrath, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, grilled McConnell over the Senate’s failure to pass an additional coronavirus aid package that would have helped millions of people struggled during the pandemic that killed more than 214,000 Americans and the economy and has severely affected the job market.
During the exchange, McConnell blamed the Democrat-run house for the inactivity, which led McGrath to a frustrated laugh.
“The House passed law in May and the Senate took a vacation,”
McConnell laughed in response and sparked waves of criticism on social media.
McGrath was referring to the Senate taking a week-long hiatus on Memorial Day after rejecting a nearly $ 3 trillion coronavirus bill approved by the House of Representatives in May.
“You just don’t do that. You’re negotiating. Senator, it’s a national crisis,” McGrath said while McConnell continued to smile and giggle.
“They knew the coronavirus wasn’t going to end by the end of July. We knew that,” she said. “If you want to call yourself a leader, you have to get things done. Those of us who have served in the Marines don’t just point our fingers to the other side. We do the work.”
McConnell, who still seemed amused, then said, “Nobody’s been on vacation.”
McConnell’s carefree response to the Senate’s failure to provide economic aid to unemployed Americans struggling during the deadly pandemic sparked outrage on social media among several Democrats.
McGrath also shared the clip, saying, “It’s not funny when 214,000 Americans die.”
People commented on the “creepy” and “haunting” sound of McConnell’s laughter.
People also referred to an older clip of McConnell’s “Goblin Laughs” that was circulating widely on Sunday.
In the 2019 clip, which went viral again this week, McConnell laughed gleefully at blocking Obama’s Justice nominees during his interview with pro-Trump personality Sean Hannity.