Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, was hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering a concussion due to a fall that occurred at a dinner event. His team has provided an update on his current condition stating he would be remaining in the hospital for a few more days. Even though the man has a reputation for being a huge Republican In Name Only (RINO), you still don’t want to see someone go through something like this. It’s rough on the body and the mind both.
Here’s more information via The Daily Wire:
The 81-year-old lawmaker tripped during a reception and dinner for the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee designed to elect Republicans to the upper chamber, at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, D.C. McConnell spokesman David Popp confirmed on Wednesday that he “tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner” and “has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
McConnell is a polio survivor and sometimes suffers injuries related to his balance issues, including a fractured shoulder four years ago when he fell at his home in Kentucky. Popp added on Thursday morning that the lawmaker will stay in the hospital for “observation and treatment.”
“Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days,” Popp went on to say. “The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.”
Other members of the Senate Republican leadership previously said they did not have information about their colleague’s status, according to a Thursday report from The Hill.
“We just really don’t know much at this point,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) said in a statement given to reporters. “Evidently this happened later in the evening, and I was at a different dinner by then. We have very limited information on it. I’m sure we’ll get more.”
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who is currently the adviser to GOP leadership in the Senate, then added that he had minimal information concerning the seven-term lawmaker’s medical condition.
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“I understand that he’s resting up, but I don’t have any details,” he remarked.
An unnamed member of the Senate spoke with NBC News saying that he had talked with a member of McConnell’s family and stated he was “going to be okay.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, issued a statement wishing a speedy recovery to his colleague during remarks given on the Senate floor.
“My thoughts this morning are with my good friend Leader Mitch McConnell, who is recovering in the hospital after an accident last night,” he stated during his time. “This morning I offer a prayer of strength and healing for the leader and his family. I called the leader this morning and spoke briefly with his staff to extend my prayers and well wishes.”
McConnell isn’t the only one who is experiencing health challenges at the moment.
Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman was put in the hospital last month after feeling lightheaded during a Democratic Senate retreat. Not long after, he checked himself into a facility to receive treatment for severe clinical depression. Fetterman suffered a stroke and was put in the hospital just days before the Democratic primary was held, which put his campaign on hiatus for two months before the general election campaign.
During stump speeches for his campaign, the Pennsylvania politician lost his train of thought frequently and stuttered often.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was hospitalized last week over a case of shingles. The 89-year-old, who recently announced that she will not run for reelection, has since been released from the hospital and is at home to continue her recovery,” the Daily Wire concluded.