His campaign tweeted a photo of the tombstones at a campaign event in Fancy Farm, Ky., and called McConnell the “Grim Reaper of Socialism.” McConnell has embraced Democratic criticism of him, saying he was happy to be the grim reaper of liberal proposals.
Among the five tombstones displayed by McConnell’s campaign is one reading, “R.I.P. Amy McGrath November 3, 2020.”
McConnell’s challenger said the death imagery is troubling — especially in wake of the recent mass shootings.
“Hours after the El Paso shooting, Mitch McConnell proudly tweeted this photo. I find it so troubling that our politics have become so nasty and personal that the Senate Majority Leader thinks it’s appropriate to use imagery of the death of a political opponent (me) as messaging,” McGrath tweeted, with a copy of the photo.
A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday killed at least 22 people.
A separate shooting in Dayton, Ohio, killed at least nine people.
“It’s symptomatic of what is wrong with our system. I’m fine with the ordinary rough and tumble of politics, but this strikes me as beyond the pale.”
It’s symptomatic of what is wrong with our system. I’m fine with the ordinary rough and tumble of politics, but this strikes me as beyond the pale.
McConnell’s campaign manager Kevin Golden defended the use of tombstone-shaped signs.
“Our supporters built an homage to the Courier Journal cartoon at Fancy Farm and we posted their work. Amy McGrath has tweeted this very cartoon several times and it’s shameful that she’s pretending not to know exactly what it is referencing in order to politicize a tragedy,” Golden said in a statement.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and reelected five times since. He is the longest-serving senator in Kentucky’s history.