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Trump messes up Mitch McConnell’s name in boast-tweet about judges

2019-09-16

Memo to President Trump: It’s Mitch MCCONNELL not O’Connell. Or Moscow Mitch, if you like.

The president tweeted about his prowess in installing conservative federal judges with the help of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Only trouble? He called the Kentucky lawmaker O’Connell instead.

The @nytimes. “This week, the Senate passed a milestone in confirming the 150th Federal Judge of Mr. Trump’s Administration to a lifetime appointment, far outstripping Barack Obama’s pace and fulfilling pledges by Mr. Trump and Mr. O’Connell to remake the Federal Judiciary....

The embarrassing tweet was part of a Trump salvo aimed at his nemesis the New York Times, which he often brands #FakeNews.

But at least the Gray Lady got the name of his Senate wing man right.

It’s doubtful that McConnell, who has earned the derisive double M nickname for his blocking of a bill boosting election security, will take too much offense. He’s absorbed way worse abuse from Trump in the past when the two were feuding about this and that.

After a bumpy start, the pair have forged a durable partnership that has proved to be one of Trump’s biggest success stories. As the Times notes, McConnell has delivered on the GOP’s promise to remake the judiciary in a hardline conservative image.

And of course, McConnell has confirmed two very right-wing Supreme Court judges, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who came under renewed fire in a Times investigation of alleged sexual misconduct during his days as a hard-partying Yale University student.