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

Protesters interrupted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment 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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 GarlandThe Trumpification of the federal courts Juan Williams: GOP are hypocrites on impeachment Finding an animating issue is Democrats' biggest 2020 challenge — not Trump 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 KavanaughDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment January reminds us why courts matter — and the dangers of 'Trump judges' Planned Parenthood launches M campaign to back Democrats in 2020 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.