Mitch McConnell confronted by protesters at Louisville, Kentucky restaurant Bristol Bar & Grille

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

"If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere".

McConnell's dining companion, Kentucky politician Jonathan Shell, characterized the protesting group as "small" and "extremist".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses reporters at the Capitol in Washington, May 15, 2018.

Occupy ICE activists have been camped out in "peaceful occupation" outside of Louisville's ICE office all week, protesting the Trump administration's immigration policies.

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McConnell didn't react to the protestors, and one protestor said, "We did good, fellow citizens", after the senator's auto pulled away. Why are you separating families?' one of the group asked the couple as they made their way to their vehicle, referencing migrant parents detained away from their children at the US-Mexico border.

'Why are you separating families, huh? Since then, the Trump administration has swapped its policy of family separation for indefinite family detention. That's probably because the administration is still trying to determine which kids actually arrived to the United States "unaccompanied" and which kids were separated from their parents.

The Louisville encounter was the second time in two weeks that McConnell's private life has been disrupted by a spontaneous protest - and it was the latest in weeks-long series of confrontations between powerful Republicans and those eager to shame them on camera, wherever they are found. On Monday, protesters confronted McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, outside of Georgetown University, shouting "How do you sleep at night?" and repeatedly asking McConnell why he was separating families. The protesters played audio of migrant children weeping as McConnell's SUV pulled away.

Also on Saturday, a woman approached former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at a bookstore in Richmond, Virginia and called him a "piece of trash". Both women obliged and left.

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