Senator Mitch McConnell surely went home Friday night with a bout of indigestion.
The Senate Majority Leader was enjoying dinner with his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, at Louisville’s Havana Rumba Cuban restaurant.
But diners began forcefully sharing their thoughts with the Senator who was elected to represent their interests in Congress.
Senator McConnell recently ignited controversy by proposing cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare to pay for the Trump administration’s $779 billion budget deficit, which seemed to spark the angry outcry at Havana Rumba.
An unidentified customer asked:
“Why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave the entire country alone?”
Another customer, Casey Leek, told The Louisville Courier-Journal that a woman who called McConnell a “traitor” was greeted with claps and cheers.
Leek also told of a man who snatched McConnell’s leftovers and dumped them on the sidewalk outside the restaurant, amid shouts of “Ditch Mitch” from some diners and calls for civility from others.
Watch video of the incident here.
What are McConnell’s constituents so angry about?
It likely stems from two facts currently angering many Americans:
- The budget deficit is the direct result of Mitch McConnell’s tax bill, which is wildly unpopular with voters, and which the GOP claimed would “pay for itself,” an idea Harvard Economists on both sides of the political spectrum agreed was nonsense over six months ago.
- Since Social Security and Medicare are funded by special taxes taken directly from each American’s paycheck, they do not add to the deficit in any way. This simple fact has led many Americans to call McConnell’s proposal to cut them in order to pay for the deficit “theft” from American workers.
For its part, the restaurant decried the protesters.
And the restaurant was not alone.
But those in support of the protesters seemed to be in the majority.
And of course, there were those who oppose McConnell, but found this form of protest distasteful.
But one Washington Post journalist had an interesting take on that sentiment.
Food for thought!