“Moscow Mitch,” expressed with the hashtag #MoscowMitch, has been a popular one among liberals on Twitter. They claim Mitch McConnell is somehow beholden to the Russian government. The nickname even reached the New York Times who published a story about it.1
It’s also reached influential left-wing accounts such as Bette Midler as seen in the tweet below.
Two days ago #MoscowMitch said 100% of his focus was on stopping Joe's administration. TODAY he says he just wants to move it to the center. Sounds like someone was visited by three ghosts last night! And scared the second two off before they could change him much.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 7, 2021
However, evidence obtained in the Mueller investigation suggests the opposite is true. That Moscow hates Mitch McConnell and is trying to get rid of him.
Russia’s Attempt to Ditch Mitch
Over 3 million tweets from Russian trolls are available for public viewing at RussiaTweets.com. These tweets show a consistent attempt to disparage Mitch McConnell and get him removed. You can see each mention of Mitch McConnell here. There are over 1,709 mentions of, “McConnell” and while we haven’t gone through every single one, we haven’t been able to find a single tweet that spoke positively of him. Virtually every tweet was an attack on McConnell like the one below.
So while it may be popular to use the term, “Moscow Mitch” the evidence suggests Moscow actually wants to take Mitch McConnell down.