Protestors interrupt McConnell event in Kentucky with 'Moscow Mitch' chants

Protesters interrupted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) as he spoke during a political picnic on Saturday with chants of “Moscow Mitch.”

The nickname, which was popularized last month after McConnell blocked another set of election security bills, has followed McConnell recently after a Washington Post columnist called the senator a “Russian asset” and “Moscow Mitch” trended on Twitter.

McConnell was apparently unfazed by the protestors Saturday during his speech at the St. Jerome Catholic Church’s annual political picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., according to the Louisville Courier Journal.


“I’m going to spend as much time talking about [Democrats] as Kentuckians will voting for them this November — none,” McConnell said.

Those in the crowd also had T-shirts and signs featuring the “Moscow Mitch” slogan, the Courier Journal noted.

McConnell used the speech to tout his work in the Senate during President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE’s tenure, particularly his track record of confirming conservative Supreme Court Justices, according to the newspaper.

He also reportedly noted that he "saved the Supreme Court for a generation" by blocking former President Obama's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE in 2016.

McConnell also knocked his Democratic Senate challenger in 2020, retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy  McGrath, the Courier Journal noted.

“They handpicked Amy McGaffe,” McConnell said of his challenger. “Oh, I mean McGrath. She sends her regrets. She’s still working up an answer on Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughChristine Blasey Ford pens honor for Chanel Miller Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Hirono memoir due in 2021 MORE with her friends at MSNBC.”

McConnell's campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment from The Hill.

--This report was updated at 12:10 p.m.