Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Hunting Down Mitch McConnell Is the Meme I Need Today

The New York congresswoman is coming for you.

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As the longest government shutdown in US history drags on into its fourth week, many have started to wonder on social media #wheresmitch, a largely rhetorical question intended to highlight the curious silence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his continued refusal to hold a vote to reopen the government, despite the House passing several measures to do so.

McConnell’s sudden elusiveness even stalled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of other freshman Democrats, who stormed through the Capitol on Wednesday in hopes of confronting the Republican leader, or at the very least uncovering his whereabouts.

“He seems to be running away from us,” Ocasio-Cortez said at one point.

“He’s not in the cloakroom, he’s not in the Capitol, he’s not in the Russell Building, he’s not on the floor of the Senate, and 800,000 people don’t have their paychecks.” Ocasio-Cortez then asked defiantly, “So where’s Mitch?”

That dogged chase has sparked a slew of excellent memes, which—in light of the sheer, infuriating pettiness that is our current president—can be enjoyed below.


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