“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.
The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 2, 2021
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.”
“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.”
NEW THIS MORNING: The home of @senatemajldr was vandalized. Messages in red and white spray paint are covering the front porch area. The rest of the home appears to be untouched. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/pBa1Kq8kqe
— Grace Hayba (@GraceHayba) January 2, 2021
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.
— Richard GrenellRichard GrenellTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Sunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Overnight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports MORE (@RichardGrenell) January 2, 2021
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.