Kentucky Democrats mock McConnell with 'Moscow Mitch' merch

The GOP leader was criticized for blocking legislation aimed at protecting the nation's political system against foreign attack, including from Russia.
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An activist holds a "Moscow Mitch" sign at Grand Circus Park on July 30, 2019, in Detroit.Jeff Kowalsky / AFP - Getty Images

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By Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Democrats in Mitch McConnell's home state are pitching "Moscow Mitch" merchandise to try and capitalize on a bitter dispute involving the Kentucky senator over election security legislation.

The Kentucky Democratic Party said Wednesday it's launching the "Moscow Mitch" webstore in a dig at the Senate majority leader.

The party is selling red T-shirts for $25. They depict a picture of McConnell wearing a Cossack hat with the "hammer and sickle" symbol. The shirt declares "Just say Nyet to Moscow Mitch" in yellow, Soviet-style letters.

A Washington Post columnist recently criticized the Senate Republican leader for blocking legislation aimed at protecting the nation's political system against foreign attack. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough weighed in with the "Moscow Mitch" nickname.

McConnell fired back in a speech comparing the attacks to "modern-day McCarthyism."