LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Just a day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home was vandalized, longtime Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also became the target of vandals.
His home, located in the Highlands, was tagged with spray paint messages like, “Weres my money?” and “Mitch kills the poor.”
Metro Police said the incident happened around 5 a.m. Saturday with minor damage of graffiti on the window and front door of the home.
McConnell has drawn public criticism due to his public opposition of a $2,000 stimulus check in recent weeks.
It’s unclear if the senator was at home during the time of the incident.
He released a statement on the incident:
“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."
“This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. 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 vandalism left Kentucky leaders voicing their concern over the incident with Governor Andy Beshear calling the act “unacceptable.”
“While the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech, vandalism is reprehensible and never acceptable for any reason,” Beshear said on Twitter.
Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Mike Lonergan said, “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.”
A small group of demonstrators then gathered outside of McConnell’s home Saturday afternoon, separate groups there for different reasons.
Half of the crowd, organized by D.C. Under Siege, were there to protest McConnell accepting the election results, even though no widespread voter fraud was found.
"I'm very disappointed in Senator McConnell for turning against the President and the Constitution," argued Frank Simon, who stood alongside D.C. Under Siege.
Another group gathered at the same time, disappointed with McConnell for rejecting a $2,000 stimulus check, and felt American families deserved more.
"You can make decisions on anything and you do not support your people, that is horrible," said Milly Martin, there to protest against the stimulus bill.
Despite their differences, both groups agreed that McConnell was not for the people.
"We're not here as enemies today, we can worry about that tomorrow," said Martin. "We are all here, together, with the idea that this government is ripping all of us off, in total."
Both groups told WHAS 11 News they had nothing to do with the vandalism to McConnell's home and do not approve of it.
The demonstrations lasted about two hours.
Police do not have any suspects in regards to the vandalism.
A home in San Francisco belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was vandalized early Friday morning with an apparent reference to lawmakers' failed efforts to provide Americans with $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks.