Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has been hospitalized after suffering a fall at a hotel in Washington, DC. The 81-year-old Republican was attending a private dinner when he tripped and fell. A spokesperson for McConnell confirmed that he had been admitted to the hospital for treatment, but did not provide any additional details about the incident.
According to a statement from McConnell’s team, “This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner. He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
This week McConnell criticized Tucker Carlson and Fox News’ portrayal of January 6th after they released new footage to the public. “It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks,” McConnell told reporters.
In recent weeks, two Democratic Senators, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Dianne Feinstein of California, have also been hospitalized for different reasons. Fetterman sought treatment for depression, while Feinstein was hospitalized for shingles. Feinstein tweeted on Tuesday that she is recovering at home.
As the Senate Minority Leader, McConnell plays a significant role in shaping the Republican Party’s legislative agenda and strategy. His absence from the Senate could have an impact on the party’s ability to effectively oppose Democratic proposals. However, it is not yet clear how long McConnell will remain in the hospital or if his condition will affect his ability to carry out his duties as Senate Minority Leader.