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A very annoyed Mitch McConnell would like everyone to stop calling him 'Moscow Mitch'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) really doesn't like when people refer to him as "Moscow Mitch," and wishes everyone who calls him Moscow Mitch would just think about how much the nickname Moscow Mitch hurts his feelings.

On Tuesday, McConnell appeared on The Hugh Hewitt Show, and said it's not fair that he's been dubbed Moscow Mitch, calling it "modern-day McCarthyism." He got the name in July, after he blocked election security bills that had bipartisan support. The move came right after more warnings were made public about Russia attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections. "Unbelievable for a Cold Warrior like me who spent a career standing up to the Russians to be given a moniker like that," McConnell said.

He's been called Moscow Mitch by constituents and colleagues alike, and McConnell made it clear to Hewitt that only he can give himself unflattering nicknames — earlier this year, he bestowed upon himself the title "Grim Reaper," as he planned on killing all progressive policy proposals. "You know, I laugh about things like the Grim Reaper, but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top," McConnell said.