McConnell Freezes Up, Taken Away From Podium

McConnell Freezes Up, Taken Away From Podium

( – Since President Joe Biden was elected, there have been concerns about his health. Democrats have complained for years that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is no longer up to doing her job. Now, the most senior Senate Republican has also sparked worries that he’s too old to carry on.

On July 26, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood up to open his regular press conference. After walking to the podium, he started talking — but, just three sentences in, he abruptly stopped and stood silently. It wasn’t long before several of his fellow GOP senators began to look worried. Finally, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) asked McConnell if he wanted to say anything, “or should we just go back to your office?” McConnell didn’t reply but seemed to realize Barrasso was talking to him. He and John Thune (R-SD) then guided the Kentucky senator away from the podium.

After returning to his office briefly, McConnell went back to the press conference and told reporters he was “fine” but didn’t give any explanation for the episode. His office still hasn’t released any statement about it.

Senator McConnell turned 81 in February, and he’s had some recent health issues. In March, he suffered from a concussion and a broken rib after falling and took six weeks off from the Senate. Now, some doctors speculate that a health condition could have caused last Wednesday’s episode.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an Atlanta, Georgia, neurosurgeon who’s also CNN’s chief medical correspondent, told journalists McConnell’s issue could have been caused by something as simple as dehydration — but it could also have been a seizure or a minor stroke. Other doctors agreed that a petit mal seizure or partial stroke were strong candidates. Inevitably, this will likely have people wondering how long McConnell can continue as a senator. It could also increase demands for an age limit on our elected legislators.

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