The home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) in Louisville, Kentucky, was found vandalized on Jan. 2.
Spray paint on the front door read, “Weres [sic] my money,” while “Mitch Kills the Poor” was scrawled over a window.
The messages likely refer to the Senate’s failure to approve an increase in the amount of money being sent to individuals to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic, from $600 to $2,000.
“I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest. I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not,” Sen. McConnell said in a statement in response to the vandalism. “This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society.
He added: “My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”
The Republican Party of Kentucky wrote on Twitter: “Vandalism is reprehensible and there’s no place in our politics for acts like this. Kentuckians deserve better and the Democrats should join us in condemning this act of vandalism.”
The governor of Kentucky called the vandalism “reprehensible.”
The vandalism to @senatemajldr McConnell’s home is unacceptable. While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason. ^AB
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) January 2, 2021
McConnell commented on his recent blocking of the increase to the direct payments: “Socialism for rich people—that’s what Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Senator Sanders have sketched out. A terrible way to help those who need it. Experts across the political spectrum agree.”
“Our colleagues who purport to be the champions of vulnerable Americans now say that what struggling people really need is for Congress to stop focusing on targeted relief for them specifically and to instead send thousands of dollars to people who don’t need the help,” McConnell said on Dec. 31.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco house was also vandalized on Jan. 1. Written on the garage door were the messages “2k,” “cancel rent!” “We want everything,” and “UBI!”, an apparent reference to universal basic income. An “A” inside of a circle, a symbol commonly attributed to the anarchist movement, was also written there.