Paparazzi suck. We all know that. Celebrity chasers, peeking in bedroom windows and violating privacy in the most despicable ways.
They do it to cash out. They hope.
But legitimate news reporters and paparazzi are not the same thing.
If it was paparazzi we’re talking about, I’d understand him being rude. But it’s not. When legitimate news reporters asked McConnell if there’s some medical condition the public should be aware of, he shut them down.
“What on earth happened?”
Bruised lips. Bruised hands. Band-Aids on both hands.
Twitter was on fire, of course…
“As a retired nurse, my professional opinion is… holy s**t”
“Not sure if this is not photoshopped. But if not, holy cow, it looks like he’s decomposing.”
“Are those IV bandages? What on earth happened?”
The Associated Press and Getty images confirmed that the photos are real and not photoshopped. Snopes confirmed it.
The photos are not photoshopped. They’re real.
Dermatologists say the black-and-blue bruises and bandaged hands are likely a common condition called senile purpura.
Apparently, skin gets more fragile as we age. It’s worse for people who take blood thinners. He probably does, given the triple bypass a few years ago.
“Your skin just naturally becomes more fragile as you age,” — Dr. Doris Day, a Manhattan-based dermatologist, told The Post.
Maybe they tried to take blood, which would explain the bandages. But it wouldn’t explain the bruising above his mouth and on his chin.
Maybe he got grabby and someone smashed his hands and punched him in the face. Not likely, but we have no clue what happened.
Honestly, it’s none of our business.
Except that he’s 78. And up for re-election.
It’s not about the answer, it’s about the attitude
I wouldn’t expect Mitch McConnell to stand up in public and use a phrase like “senile purpura.”
Not when he’s up for re-election. Not ever, really. I mean — who the heck comes up with these names. Calling a medical condition senile anything just feels demeaning.
But as a politician, he’s supposed to have some kind of grasp on responding to news reporters on the fly, isn’t he?
That’s kind of part of the job.
In his book Man’s Search For Meaning, holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said man’s final freedom is choosing how to react in any given situation.
It’s the only thing no one can take away from us.
Hence, the final freedom.
I mean, imagine this.
Imagine that in response to reporter’s questions, that Mitch McConnell had held up his hands and said he’s on blood thinners and this is what can happen if you need an IV.
It would have made him seem more human, less crypt keeper.
He could have made a joke. Laughed it off. Or just explained. Said he fell. Said whatever. Some kind of an answer. Any kind of answer.
He chose arrogance and stonewalling.
I hope y’all vote him out…
Mitch McConnell is everything that’s wrong with politics right now. Arrogant, rich old white men who believe they have the God given right to tell everyone how it’s going to be, all while being accountable to no one.
And they don’t even need to be polite.
That attitude is why so much of the world is circling the drain. Total disdain for the words laid out in the The Gettysburg Address, one of the best known speeches in American history.
“that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
He is not that. And it might not have perished from the earth. But it’s damn close. Because of people like him. Arrogant old white men who can’t be bothered to check their attitude at the door.
I hope y’all vote him out.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…”
— Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, holocaust survivor
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