✪ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly tripped and fell again while disembarking a plane earlier this month, only nine days before his unfortunate freeze incident on Wednesday...
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he fall, which has not been previously reported, occurred July 14 after the flight out of Washington was canceled while everyone was on board,” NBC News reported. “McConnell who was also a passenger, made a ‘face plant,’ as described by someone else who was on the plane at the time but did not witness the fall told NBC News. That passenger also said they spoke to another passenger who helped “tend to McConnell.”
Two sources familiar with the fall incident confirmed to NBC News that it happened at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, adding that McConnell sustained no serious injuries and resumed business as usual that day.
The U.S. senator has since resorted to using a wheelchair as a precaution when navigating crowded airports. A polio survivor, McConnell has a history of difficult falls and sustained a concussion and a cracked rib in a fall in Washington earlier this year; causing him to spend six weeks away from the Senate.
As reported earlier, McConnell froze in the middle of a press conference for an extended period of time, ending with him being escorted off by concerned staffers.
McConnell — who at 81 years of age is the longest-serving party leader in the history of the U.S. Senate — went silent during his opening remarks at his regular press conference, according to video of the alarming moment.
“Well, good afternoon, everyone,” he said moments after walking up to the podium. “We’re on a path to finishing the NDAA this week. There’s been good bipartisan cooperation, as well as a string of, uh,” he trailed off.
As his tight-lipped, unblinking pause grew longer, Republican colleagues Steve Daines (MT), Joni Ernst (IA), Shelly Moore Capito (WV), Jon Thune (SD), and John Barrasso (WY) showed visible concern.
A McConnell staffer later revealed that he had suffered from some lightheadedness. The 81-year-old did eventually return to the podium where he said the president checked on his well-being, prompting his “sandbagged” joke.
“The president called to check on me. I told him I got sandbagged,” McConnell said.
When reporters asked him how he felt and if he planned to see a doctor, McConnell repeatedly said, “I’m fine. Gotta watch those sandbags,” he said on his way to the Senate floor.
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President Joe Biden famously said, “I got sandbagged” after tripping and falling at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony last month.
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