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MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough repeatedly called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch” and accused him of “aiding and abetting Vladimir Putin” without offering any context about the partisan effort by Democrats to regulate elections in the name of election security.

Friday morning on MSNBC, Scarborough repeatedly “Moscow Mitch” and accused McConnell for what he deemed as “un-American.” Scarborough implied that McConnell may be benefiting from a Russian oligarch’s investment in his home state “I understand that there’s an oligarch that I have read is going to be setting up a big aluminum plant in Moscow Mitch’s home state.”

“I don’t know if that’s it. But how can Moscow Mitch so willingly turn a blind eye not only this year to what his Republican chairman of the Intel committee is saying, to what Robert Mueller is saying what the FBI director is saying what the DNI is saying, to what the CIA is saying, to what the United States military Intel community is saying,” he followed, adding “How can they Moscow Mitch keep denying that Vladimir Putin continues to try to subvert American democracy?”

Without acknowledging that the 2016 Russian interference happened under a Democratic administration, Scarborough falsely said that McConnell believes that Russian interference was a “hoax.”

“Seriously, he is — he is aiding and abetting Vladimir Putin’s ongoing attempts to subvert American democracy according to the Republican FBI, CIA, DNI, Intel committee, all Republicans are all saying Russia is subverting American democracy and Moscow Mitch won’t let the Senate take a vote on it,” Scarborough claimed. “That is un-American.”

The Hill’s Jordain Carney offered the context that Scarborough failed to provide about McConnell’s position.

“Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had tried to get consent Thursday to pass a House bill that requires the use of paper ballots and includes funding for the Election Assistance Commission. It passed the House 225-184 with one Republican voting for it.

But McConnell objected, saying Schumer was trying to pass ‘partisan legislation.’

‘Clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. Clearly something so partisan that it only received one single solitary Republican vote in the House is not going to travel through the Senate by unanimous consent,’ McConnell said.”

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