Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell’s home ‘unacceptable’ | TheHill – The Hill

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) took to Twitter Saturday to condemn the attack on the Louisville home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable,” he wrote in a tweet.

“While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason,” he added.

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McConnell’s home was vandalized, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-Calif.), over the New Year’s holiday after a bill to increase coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000 failed to pass in the Senate several times. 

A message that read “Where’s my money” was written on McConnell’s home in graffiti.

Following the incident, McConnell’s office released a statement from the lawmaker that read, “I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not.”

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“This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society,” the senator added. “My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”

Beshear did not mention the paint on Pelosi’s home in his tweet.

“Cancel rent!,” “$2K” and “We want everything!” were among the messages spray painted on the lawmaker’s home in San Francisco.

The House passed a bill late last year that would increase stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 late last year.

On Friday, Senate Republicans blocked the bill as well as an attempt by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFrustrations flare as ,000 checks blocked for fourth straight day David Sirota: Democrats gave away leverage in forcing vote on ,000 checks Bill to raise checks to K blocked for third day in Senate MORE (I-Vt.) to set up votes on the House bill and a competing proposal from McConnell that would link the money to two other provisions including repealing Section 230 and establishing a new elections commission. 

The stalemate ensures that Congress will not be able to get a bill on President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump calls Georgia Senate runoffs ‘both illegal and invalid’ in New Year’s tweets Judge dismisses Gohmert’s election suit against Pence Ex-GOP senator suggests forming new party, calls Trump ‘ringmaster’ of Republicans MORE‘s desk to sign before the 116th Congress ends on Sunday morning. 

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