Joe Scarborough to McConnell: ‘You’re Gonna Be Chokehold Mitch Next’

Joe Scarborough to McConnell: ‘You’re Gonna Be Chokehold Mitch Next’

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday that his position on chokeholds would become a problem for him in this year’s congressional elections. The Morning Joe host said Republicans needed to act now to ban chokeholds by police.

“Martha McSally needs to demand an up or down vote on banning chokeholds. Corey Gardner needs to demand an up or down vote from Mitch McConnell on banning chokeholds. Susan Collins needs to demand an up or down vote from Mitch McConnell on banning chokeholds,” Scarborough said, citing vulnerable Republican senators.

“Every Republican who is up for election in a few months needs to demand, from Mitch McConnell, an up or down vote on chokeholds.”

“Mitch, in America, we have elections every two years and you have an election coming up right now and you’ve got some problems because the kids are all calling you Moscow Mitch. You’re gonna be Chokehold Mitch, next.”

“As bad as the nickname Moscow Mitch is, Chokehold Mitch will probably be worse for you in Kentucky,” Scarborough said.

“You’re the only person in America right now — you’re the only person in America right now that is stopping this legislation from passing.”

“This isn’t like Sandy Hook because after Sandy Hook you can blame the Republicans controlling the House. Blame the Republicans controlling the Senate, there’s just too many. Guess what, this will pass in a second in the House.”

“And, Mitch, if you’ll keep the lights on in the Senate chamber and allow an up or down vote instead of killing that up or down vote on chokeholds, it’s gonna pass. And you know it. And the opposite of that is true, if it doesn’t pass, it’s all going to be on you.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor