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VIDEO: McConnell’s Serious Health Scare


This is not good.

During a leadership press conference, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky experienced an unusual moment that caught the attention of his colleagues and the press. He had been discussing the Senate’s progress on the annual defense authorization bill and commending the bipartisan cooperation when suddenly, he froze mid-sentence and remained silent for nearly 20 seconds, staring straight ahead.

According to The Hill, concerned about his well-being, a couple of his fellow leaders reached out to him. Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairwoman Joni Ernst from Iowa asked if he was alright and placed her hand on his arm, while Senate Republican Conference Committee Chairman John Barrasso from Wyoming, who is a doctor, also inquired about his condition and put his hand on McConnell’s forearm. They suggested going back to his office, but McConnell seemed hesitant to leave the press conference.

Eventually, after a brief exchange with one of McConnell’s aides, Barrasso led the GOP leader down the hall to his office. However, McConnell returned to the press conference before his colleagues had finished speaking, taking the first question from reporters as usual.

One of the reporters asked McConnell about the incident, speculating if it was related to a previous concussion he suffered earlier in the year. McConnell reassured everyone that he was fine and denied any health-related effects from the concussion.

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