Press Release

Gabrielle Giffords Criticizes Mitch McConnell for Offensive Campaign Display

August 5, 2019— Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement in response to Mitch McConnell’s offensive tweet.

“Threats, intimidation, and hate have no place in our society. Every person in America, especially someone in a position of leadership, has a responsibility to recognize that words and actions matter. What we say and what we do inspires others to act. I am appalled that in this divisive political climate—a climate where gun violence fueled by hate is on the rise—Mitch McConnell is joking about the death of his current and former opponents and a federal judge. The nation is turning to Leader McConnell right now for leadership, and this is the furthest thing from it. Leader McConnell must apologize to Amy McGrath, Merrick Garland, and Alison Lundergan Grimes.”