A number of Republican figures, including Donald Trump MAGA loyalists, have called on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign amid concerns about his health.
McConnell, 81, abruptly froze and stopped talking for several seconds during the GOP leadership's weekly news conference on Wednesday before being escorted away by his fellow Republicans.
Upon his return, McConnell told reporters that President Joe Biden had already called to check up on him.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reaches out to help Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after McConnell froze and stopped talking at the microphone during a news conference after a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans U.S. Capitol 26, 2023 in Washington, DC.
The incident immediately sparked concerns about McConnell's condition, with a number of GOP figures calling for him to step down.
Rogan O'Handley, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who tweets under the popular @DC_Draino account, wrote while sharing footage of the incident involving the Senate minority leader: "Mitch McConnell has cognitive malfunction at podium.
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