Mitch McConnell froze up again while talking to reporters last week, marking the second time in the last few weeks that he’s had an episode. But what’s interesting is that in both instances, his staffers didn’t seem surprised that it happened, a sign that they’ve known there’s something seriously wrong with him. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Mitch McConnell froze up again while talking to reporters last week, marking the second time in the last few weeks that he’s had an episode. But what’s interesting is that in both instances, his staffers didn’t seem surprised at what happened. They didn’t rush him to the hospital. They asked him what was wrong. Chances are they know exactly what’s wrong. Otherwise, after an event like that, you would take him to the hospital immediately. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins joins me to talk about what’s happening along with many other issues. Yeah, this, it’s a pitiful story. I mean, he looks pitiful up there in front of the podium. He’s barely hanging on. He’s 81?

Farron Cousins: Yeah.

Mike Papantonio: 81 years old. Too old to be doing this. Whether the GOP says, well, he’s still sharp. He’s still brilliant. That’s nonsense. Okay. You look at it, it looks like early Parkinson’s, doesn’t it?

Farron Cousins: It really does. And that’s actually, you’ve got a lot of medical professionals, the ones who go on TV regularly who are saying, listen, we obviously haven’t examined him, but if we’re looking just at the symptoms that are visible, this is Parkinson’s. And they’re all saying this is Parkinson’s. And you bring up that great point of the fact that if we were standing here and I suddenly stopped responding, or you stopped responding, we would freak out.

Mike Papantonio: Would you take me to the hospital please.

Farron Cousins: Immediately. I wouldn’t just be sitting here waiting for you to respond. But his staffers looked like they almost expected it. So this was nothing new to them.

Mike Papantonio: It was no surprise.

Farron Cousins: Which is a very telling thing.

Mike Papantonio: I mean, two staffers sauntered up to him and talked to him, whispered, look, if this were something that they didn’t know, and you know we’re handling the Paraquat case, which is Parkinson’s. We handled the, we’ve handled so many different cases that have been involved with, welding cases, those were Parkinson’s disease. This is one of the early symptoms. And that’s, apparently that’s what they’re talking about on television. I don’t know. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve seen this before. And they say, well, it’s possibly a seizure related to the belated concussion that took place. I don’t know. I’m not buying any of it. But the most telling thing is the staff, isn’t it?

Farron Cousins: It is. That’s what just shows you, they’re used to this. So what I’m willing to bet is that they’ve seen this more than just these two instances. These are people, they meet with him in his office. They drive him around. So if this is something that they’ve seen happen before, and then 30, 60 seconds later he snaps out of it, you’re not shocked. Nobody’s eyes widened when this happened, except for all the people in the crowd watching it. They could tell something was wrong. The staffers were almost annoyed by it. I mean, they just seemed like, okay.

Mike Papantonio: Again.

Farron Cousins: Here he goes. Yeah. And it’s, listen, McConnell, they’re in trouble when he leaves because he has been leading some of the worst legislation we’ve seen. All the judicial picks. But that’s all him. And he’s their top fundraiser. He went to a fundraiser that night.

Mike Papantonio: Is Thune strong enough as a whip, as the Republican whip? I don’t think so.

Farron Cousins: I haven’t seen that, but I get why Republicans want to hang on to him. And then I contrast that with like Feinstein. Democrats have no reason, I mean, Feinstein’s not a top fundraiser. She’s not directing policy, but there’re still holding onto her too.

Mike Papantonio: She’s basically a corpse at this point that they shuffle around and she’s barely cognizant of what’s going on around. But this is no different. Democrats, I mean, the Democrats need the same message as the Republicans. Okay. This guy’s too old. He should be gone. We got a Democrat president that’s getting ready to run again, he’s too old. He should be gone. Feinstein needs to be gone. Pelosi needs to be gone. I could go on both sides. It’s just endless. It’s both sides. And we’ve talked about this before. The reason they don’t go is because the money is so good.

Farron Cousins: It is.

Mike Papantonio: Not what they’re paid. But like, we’re gonna talk about Nikki Haley, where Nikki Haley becomes a millionaire, when she starts off with, doesn’t even own a house, has no bank accounts, has no investments whatsoever. And then all of a sudden, overnight, she’s a multimillionaire. That’s why they stay. And that’s the only reason they stay. And we need to make some tough decisions and say, no, you know what, it’s time for you to get outta here. Right?

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.