Joe Biden is no longer the only one facing concerns about his health and ability to effectively lead the nation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is now under the gun.
But a top Republican Senator just said four words about Mitch McConnell’s health that caught this CNN host by surprise.
Back in March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tripped and fell at a reception and had to be rushed to the hospital.
McConnell suffered a concussion and was not cleared to return to work by doctors until April.
But at one of his weekly press conferences in July, McConnell froze for more than 20 seconds mid-sentence while speaking to reporters from a podium.
McConnell brushed off the glaringly obvious problem and told reporters “I’m fine.”
Later that day, he joked that “the President called to check on me” and “I told him I got sandbagged.”
But McConnell had another incident last week during a press event in Covington, Kentucky.
After a reporter asked McConnell about running for reelection in 2026, he laughed briefly and then paused for an extended period of time before an aide stepped in to assist him.
McConnell is 81 years old and is the longest-serving Senate Party Leader in American history.
His recent health episodes have many calling for him to step aside from his leadership position and retire.
But McConnell’s cronies in the Senate are trying to convince Americans not to believe their own eyes.
During an appearance Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) said he spoke with McConnell and that he was as “sharp and shrewd” as ever.
“I spoke with Mitch yesterday afternoon and told him I was going to be doing an interview, and I wanted to personally touch base with him before I did that and he was in good shape,” Rounds told host Dana Bash. “He said, ‘you know, I had that concussion and they warned me that I would be light headed in the future and to be aware of it, and it happened twice and it just happened, I’m doing it in front of reporters.’”
“Mitch is sharp and shrewd,” Rounds continued. “There is no doubt in my mind that he is perfectly capable of continuing on at this stage of the game and he has a good team around him and a good job of developing that leadership team.”
A stunned Dana Bash followed up by asking “so you’re comfortable with him staying on as leader?”
“Oh, yes,” Rounds declared. “There are a lot of folks that would like to see him go because he’s a capable leader, and if you could take him out of the leadership role in advance, you might end up in a better position if you were a competitor of his.”
Joe Biden also tried to assure Americans that McConnell was fine.
“He’s a friend, and I spoke to him today, and, you know, he was his old self on the telephone,” Biden said on Tuesday. “And having a little understanding of dealing with neurosurgeons and people – one of the leading women on my staff, her husband’s a neurosurgeon as well – it’s not at all unusual to have the response that sometimes happens to Mitch when you’ve had a severe concussion, it’s part of the recovery,” he continued, before adding that “I’m confident he’s going to get back to his old self.”
Biden responded “I don’t” when asked if he had “concerns about McConnell’s ability to do his job.”
Joe Biden and the GOP establishment can try to convince Americans that McConnell is perfectly fine.
But it won’t work as long as he continues to freeze and have episodes on national tv.