Mitch McConnell may want to stick with delivery for a while: The Senate majority leader’s dinner was interrupted by four furious protesters over the weekend, marking at least the third time since July that the conservative lawmaker has been confronted by his constituents at restaurants.
The incident took place at Havana Rumba, a Cuban restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday evening, according to TMZ. McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, appear to have been finishing up dinner when they were approached by four men.
Video footage apparently captured by a fellow diner (who can be heard on the recording saying she’s “going to sell [the video] to TMZ”) depicts an angry man shouting at McConnell to “get out of here,” suggesting, “Why don’t you leave the entire country?” and saying, “They’re going to come for Social Security.”
A man out of frame on the video can be heard telling the recorder that the man also grabbed McConnell’s box of leftovers from the table and threw it outside. Other diners seen in the video seem to be irritated by the situation, pointing at the man and encouraging him to leave. Per TMZ, “McConnell...afterward thanked some of his supporters, shaking their hands.”
Back in July, McConnell was followed out of Louisville’s Bristol Bar & Grille by a group of angry protesters, and the following day he left Italian restaurant Sarino mid-meal after a group of people with a megaphone confronted him with chants of “no justice, no peace” and blasted Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.”
This is just the latest incident in a string of public confrontations with Trump administration officials in restaurants: Most notably, back in June, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ejected from the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia; in July, a diner demanded then-EPA chief Scott Pruitt resign from his post at a D.C. restaurant. (He resigned several days later.)
The phone at Havana Rumba went unanswered early Monday morning ahead of opening for business, and the restaurant did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.