Mitch McConnell mocks article about Brett Kavanaugh’s finances on Senate floor

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s mocked a Washington Post report into the finances of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, only to be slammed online for his dismissal of the newspaper’s findings.

The Post article, published on Wednesday, spotlighted Kavanaugh’s debts and use of credit cards. It reported that in 2016 the nominee had reported accrued debt of between $60,000 and $200,000. When questioned on the matter, White House spokesman Raj Shah claimed Kavanaugh had built up the debt buying baseball tickets for himself and his friends.

So, in the middle of a tirade against the Democrats’ “outlandish” attempts at trying to stop the nominee’s confirmation, McConnell took aim at the article as an example of what he claimed was an attempt at “blatantly misrepresenting the record and character” of Kavanaugh.

“In a breaking news bombshell report just last night, we learned that Judge Kavanaugh enjoys America’s past time. Investigative reporters scoured his financial disclosures and learned that he and his friends buy tickets to baseball games and that he pays his bills,” McConnell said in a speech on Thursday.

Other Twitter users were less convinced that the report was a liberal media smear campaign though, and quickly made their feelings known in comments beneath the video. For many it wasn’t so much how Kavanaugh had gotten into debt or what over, but the fact that in 2017 it appeared his three credit cards and loan had somehow been paid off.

Across the right-wing media sphere, however, McConnell’s mockery of the Post article was echoed. The Daily Wire, for example, sarcastically described the report’s “game-changing revelations” implying they didn’t care how he cleaned up his financial record.

Instead, all they cared about (as always) is that McConnell “owned the libs.”

Just like Brett Kavanaugh himself.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.