Rock musician Ben Folds paid tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Bolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT MORE’s (R-Ky.) viral “Moscow Mitch” nickname during a Thursday performance in New York, using the nickname in a new song.

“For this song, what I want to do is put a little cool stutter in it, like, you know, ’My-my-my-my-my-my Sharona,’” Folds told the Pier 17 audience. “So what we’ll do is, we’ll go: Mah-mah-mah-Moscow Mitch.”

“I’m going to show him how good his song really is,” he added.


Video shows Folds playing the mostly instrumental tune after the nickname "Moscow Mitch" spread online last week when the Kentucky Republican blocked two election security bills despite intelligence community warnings that Russian interference was likely in the 2020 elections.

McConnell’s move to block the bills quickly spurred widespread backlash. MSNBC host and former GOP congressman Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughBiden to CBS reporter: 'Why, why, why, why, why?' Controversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79 Scarborough: 'Teflon Joe' Biden weathering storm amid Warren's 'political bleeding' MORE later called McConnell’s actions “un-American,” labeling the majority leader “Moscow Mitch” and accusing him of "aiding and abetting Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinSchiff shows clip of McCain in Trump impeachment trial The need for clear thinking about Russia German president expresses 'sorrow' for Holocaust, warns 'spirits of evil' are rising MORE’s ongoing attempts to subvert American democracy.”

Hashtags such as "MoscowMitch" and "MoscowMitchMcTreason" soon went viral. The Kentucky Democratic Party has even launched an online store selling “Moscow Mitch”-themed gear.

McConnell was visibly angered about the attacks toward him, calling them “modern-day McCarthyism” and blasting critics for using “unhinged smears” during a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Monday.

Last year, Folds released a song paying tribute to former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE and his performance during a testy House Judiciary Committee hearing in June, when a group of conservatives grilled Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray over what they saw as inaction on several requests for sensitive documents related to the Russia investigation.