BUSTED: Photo Shows What McConnell Was Really Doing While Shutdown Raged On

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Image by Gage Skidmore

On Sunday, Vox reported that Senator Tom Cotton, the hardline anti-immigrant lawmaker who helped blow-up the bipartisan DACA deal Trump rejected, walked out of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office with a smile on his face. One would think the smile had something to do with a deal that would end the government shutdown that is hurting millions of people, but no, that’s not what it was at all. Instead, Cotton was smiling because he had just finished watching the NFL playoffs.

Cotton spoke to Vox when he left the majority leader’s office and said:

The general sense in the room is excitement that the Patriots won.

Prior to Cotton’s comments, Mitch McConnell had a large flatscreen television rolled into his office which prompted reporter Tara Golshan to tweet:

It turns out, that is exactly what they were doing. TIME reporter Nash Jenkins was able to snap a photo of Mitch McConnell’s office while standing outside, waiting for news of an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to end the shutdown:

Well, isn’t that awesome. Instead of doing the only job they have, making sure the government is funded, they were watching football. Mitch McConnell should have been working his ass off to reach an agreement with Democrats to get the government running again. Or he could have brought legislation to the floor to make sure the military continued to be paid until the lights are turned back on.

It’s truly disgusting that this is what they were doing, but completely unsurprising. The Republican Party has absolutely no idea how to govern and every single time they are given the opportunity to do it, they screw up.

It’s time to get these ineffective, weak lawmakers out of office and save our democracy–we’ll even let McConnell take the TV with him.

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Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr, under Creative Commons license 2.0.