Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) froze again during a gaggle with reporters in Covington, Kentucky, today.
The senator stopped and stared blankly for more than 30 seconds after he was asked if he would run for re-election.
Multiple aides had to step in to help the Senate GOP leader.
This is the second time in two months that McConnell has frozen on camera.
Today, McConnell had been taking questions from reporters when he suddenly stopped talking and stared off into nowhere.
BREAKING: Mitch McConnell once again has just frozen and was walked off during questioning.
This is the second time this month this has happened on camera. pic.twitter.com/2FmJSeIB20
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) August 30, 2023
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) August 30, 2023
The last time McConnell froze up, his fellow Republican senators had to step in and help him away from the podium.
McConnell looked like he was trying to restart his speech but was unable to.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) escorted McConnell away from the cameras and reporters.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) appeared to make a sign of the cross as if she was praying for McConnell.
A few minutes later, McConnell came back to the press conference by himself.
He stood away from the podium.
When asked about his health, he said he was fine.
Flag: McConnell just stopped abruptly during his opening statement during the gop leadership presser and appeared to be unable to restart talking. He then stepped away and walked away with Barrasso: pic.twitter.com/f1kFUjggzm
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 26, 2023
According to NBC:
McConnell, 81, was released from a physical rehabilitation facility in late March where he had been for more than a week after a fall.
The Republican leader tripped and fell on March 8 after an event for the Senate Leadership Fund — a Republican super PAC aligned with McConnell and GOP leadership — at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington.
He was hospitalized with a concussion and discharged on March 13.