Rock musician Ben Folds paid tribute to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl 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 ScarboroughKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Scarborough, Greenwald trade insults on Twitter over rise of Trump Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants MORE later called McConnell’s actions “un-American,” labeling the majority leader “Moscow Mitch” and accusing him of "aiding and abetting Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine It's well past time for strategic defenses and counterpunches on cybersecurity 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 RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations 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.