Rock musician Ben Folds paid tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump's election delay red herring On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project 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 ScarboroughHillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation House Democrat calls on Facebook to take down doctored Pelosi video Hillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video MORE later called McConnell’s actions “un-American,” labeling the majority leader “Moscow Mitch” and accusing him of "aiding and abetting Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUS 'deeply troubled' by escalating conflict in Libya Clyburn: Trump doesn't plan to leave the White House Russia planning mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign for October 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 RosensteinFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe 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.