Mitch McConnell appeared on Meet the Press this weekend, presumably hoping to bask in all of the scandals that have engulfed the Obama Administration over the past seven days. Unfortunately, the GOP leader was forced to go from playing offense to playing defense fairly quickly, when host David Gregory began pestering him about some of the accusations he was making regarding his political opposition.
McConnell noted that there was a “culture of intimidation throughout the administration,” and that the IRS targeting Tea Party groups was just the latest example of it. However, when pressed by Gregory on whether he had any proof about this ‘culture of intimidation,’ the senator said that the facts aren’t out there yet.
“The president demonizes his opponents,” McConnell said.
“That’s a leap that can you make as argument, but you don’t have fact to back it up,” Gregory replied. “You can talk about a culture; do you have any evidence that the president of the United States directed what you call a culture of intimidation at the IRS to target political opponents?”
“I don’t think we know what the facts are,” the senator responded.
This is a problem Republicans have been having all week. It’s not as though there is disagreement (for the most part) regarding whether or not the IRS targeting Tea Party groups is wrong. It clearly is. But the problem is that Republicans have been hinting that the Obama administration ordered this sort of shady activity, and then when pressed on how they know, they say ‘the facts aren’t in yet.’ Well, if the facts aren’t in, then how can you accuse the Obama Administration?
You can check out McConnell’s appearance on Meet the Press in the video below.