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Mitch McConnell is capitalizing on his ‘cocaine’ status with cheap T-shirts

McConnell is leaning into the meme.


David Covucci


Posted on May 8, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 1:02 pm CDT

As far as people who make you think of Scarface, nebbish Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn’t come to mind. But when a shipping company owned by his wife’s family was found to be transporting cocaine in it, he got hit with the moniker Cocaine Mitch.

After his work in holding open a U.S. Supreme Court seat open during the 2016 election, and then his determination to push Brett Kavanaugh through to the court after a series of allegations could have derailed the nomination, McConnell began getting effusive praise for his ruthlessness, and the meme exploded.

He’s leaned into that persona, occasionally tweeting jokes about it. Now, his reelection campaign is selling T-shirts on it, asking fans to “join the cartel.”

You see, it’s funny because McConnell’s white, and white people don’t go to jail for smuggling drugs.

The shirts retail for $35.


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*First Published: May 8, 2019, 4:04 pm CDT