Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is denying having any health issues despite multiple viral photos and videos showing his hands covered in bandages and showing severe discoloration.
On Wednesday, photos went viral on social media showing the 78-year-old bending down to pick up a dropped face mask on Capitol Hill the day prior, revealing his right hand to be a dark shade of purple. The photo also shows his thumb is bandaged.
Can anyone please tell me how this would happen to Mitch McConnell's hands? pic.twitter.com/gJ1zzbCFAN
— Victor Stoddard (@VicStoddard) October 22, 2020
It BOTH hands and above his lip. He has puncture marks from needles, cannulas, or IVs. He may have had infusions, and probably oxygen. Or he was finally embalmed 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/d2gtlEyuIc
— Louise Russin; Dog & cat spit is good 4 your skin (@cookiemutt) October 22, 2020
When asked by a reporter on Thursday about his current health and the concerning photos of his hand, McConnell denied there was an issue.
“Do you have some kind of health issue?” asked Politico reporter John Bresnahan. “Everyone been talking about your hands.”
“I’ve been worried about your health, Bres. How are you feeling?” replied McConnell.
“But I’m serious, is there anything going on we should know about?” asked Bresnahan.
“Of course not,” replied McConnell.
The discoloration and bandages were still visible on Thursday morning as McConnell spoke on the Senate floor.
Another reporter pressed McConnell about his hands on Thursday afternoon, again denying that there was a problem.
“You have a bruise or something, sir. Everything ok?” asked a CNN reporter.
“Take a look at Bres,” McConnell replied, referring to the Politico reporter.
“So, no concerns?” the CNN reporter continued.
“No concerns,” replied McConnell.
When the reporter asked if McConnell had sought medical treatment for the issue, the senator ignored the question.
“It’s understandable that Senator McConnell might not want to discuss questions about his health so close to an election,” said Marisa McNee, a spokesperson for Kentucky Democratic Party. “But as Senate Majority Leader, he is a public figure which requires more disclosure and transparency than just the average private person.”
“It’s not clear why he’s suddenly become so secretive, but we certainly wish him well and hope he is okay,” said McNee.
“In most photos taken of McConnell in recent days, he is shown with his right hand hidden in his suit pocket,” reports Buzzfeed.