Mitch McConnell Embarrassed After Fact-Checking Site Debunks His Economic Growth Lie

When I first had someone tell me that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was trying to give credit to Republicans for our economic growth, I honestly and truly thought that they were kidding. That’s the kind of stuff I’ve been joking about for years. I can remember telling a buddy of mine around two years ago that the moment the economy really starts to take off, Republicans will just start trying to take credit for it – and conservatives will be ignorant enough to actually believe them.

And then it happened. 

While speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell literally tried to give the GOP credit for our economic growth:

“After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope. The uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

That’s probably the stupidest thing, per capita, that I’ll read all year.

Seriously? After all of the fear-mongering, misinformation, lies, deceit and propaganda Republicans have dished out against the Obama administration, the president himself, the Affordable Care Act and practically anything even remotely related to him – these jackasses are really going to sit there and try to claim that they’re responsible for our economic growth?


Just when you think Republicans can’t be anymore ridiculous, you really do just need to give them a little more time. Because they definitely can.

Well, thankfully we live in a day and age of easily accessible information that’s made it possible for such nonsense to be fact-checked. And what did well-respected fact-checking site Politifact think of McConnell’s absurd claim? Not much, as it earned a rating of “False” from the fact-checking site.

Might I point out a fact that until about September of this past year, there was still a lot of doubt as to whether or not Republicans would win enough seats to reclaim the Senate. And then there’s that whole “little” thing of the nearly 5 straight years of private sector job growth that we’ve seen since March of 2010.

McConnell’s comments are so ridiculous that I really don’t feel like I need to go into some in-depth explanation as to why they’re so absurd. I feel the idiocy of him trying to give credit to the Republican party for our economic growth, despite Republicans obstructing anything they possibly can to try to hinder our economy for political gains, speaks for itself.

Luckily I haven’t really seen Fox News running with his nonsense yet, though it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I start seeing more and more conservatives talking about the “great economic recovery” – while giving the GOP credit for it.

Because, yes, I truly believe that many conservatives are sheepish enough to regurgitate this sort of drivel.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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