Mitch McConnell uses scary freeze-up incident to troll Joe Biden: ‘Gotta watch those sandbags!’

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) trolled President Joe Biden after his scary freeze-up incident on Wednesday.

While speaking to reporters after the incident, McConnell said that Biden had called to check on him and he used the moment to troll the president.

“The president called to check on me. I told him I got sandbagged,” McConnell recounted. “Gotta watch those sandbags!”

The reference to sandbags refers to the scary moment last month when Biden tripped on stage after delivering a speech at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. While walking away from the lectern, Biden tripped over sandbags that were keeping a teleprompter in place. Biden, fortunately, was not injured in the fall.

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It’s not clear what happened to McConnell, who froze mid-sentence at a press conference. CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said McConnell “clearly had some kind of neurological event.”

McConnell did not say whether he had spoken to a doctor and provided no additional insight into what happened. He simply told reporters, “I’m fine.” His office declined to provide further details.

Since the freeze-up, NBC News reported that McConnell experienced a scary fall less than two weeks ago. On July 14, McConnell reportedly fell on his face when exiting a plane. The incident was not previously disclosed, and McConnell was reportedly not injured in the fall. McConnell also fell while visiting Finland in February, CNN reported.

McConnell’s office, however, has only disclosed one previous fall: a March incident in which he was hospitalized and treated for a concussion.

Additionally, NBC News reported that McConnell has been recently using a wheelchair to navigate airports. McConnell is 81 years old and has served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 40 years.

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