'Moscow Mitch' Now a 'Tequila'-Like Song, Courtesy of Ben Folds (Video)

Singer-songwriter has a little fun at the expense of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell

Thanks to Ben Folds, Mitch McConnell now has an asterisk beside his name in the annals of music history… and not in a good way.

During a performance Thursday at New York’s Pier 17, the singer-songwriter paid homage to the Senate majority leader by setting his new nickname, “Moscow Mitch” to music.

“It’s going to be an instrumental piece here like the song ‘Tequila.’ They just go ‘Tequila!’” Folds told the audience, which you can see in the video above.

“For this song, what I want to do is put a little cool stutter in it, like, you know, ‘My-my-my-my-my-my Sharona,’ That kind of thing, right? So, what we’ll do is, we’ll go, ‘Mah-mah-mah-Moscow Mitch.’”

Folds added, “I’m going to show him how good his song really is.”

Joe Scarborough coined the nickname on “Morning Joe” last week following the Kentucky Republican’s move to block two election security bills despite warnings from the intelligence community that Russia (and other countries) were likely to attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections.

The former GOP congressman later called McConnell’s actions “un-American” and accused him of “aiding and abetting Vladimir Putin‘s ongoing attempts to subvert American democracy.”

The moniker has gained increasing popularity online, with the hashtags #MoscowMitch and #MoscowMitchMcTreason going viral. And, according to a Kentucky Democratic Party press release Friday, the sale of “Moscow Mitch” merchandise including T-shirts, a Russian fur cap and drinkware exceeded $200,000 in 48 hours.

McConnell was noticeably angered by the accusations. During a heated speech on the Senate floor last Monday, he called them “modern-day McCarthyism” and said his critics were using “unhinged smears.”

“Over the last several days, I was called unpatriotic, un-American and, essentially, treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of boldfaced lies,” McConnell said during his Senate floor speech. “I was accused of ‘aiding and abetting’ the very man I’ve singled out as our adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years: Vladimir Putin.”

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  • President Obama was a “pawn” and “traitor” in the hands of “Arabian Sheikhs,” said one 2016 ad. 

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  • The “Black Matters US” page touched on hot button issues like police shootings. 

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  • The “Army of Jesus” page shared a bible verse, along with this meme. 

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  • Russian trolls also used Instagram to spread sponsored political memes.

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  • The “Blacktivist” page routinely shared memes on Colin Kaepernick and other football players kneeling during the national anthem. 

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  • “Heart of Texas” routinely posted on “Killary Rotten Clinton,” and threatened to secede from the union if she won the election. 

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  • The “Being Patriotic” page labeled ex-cons as “Obama voters.”

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Congress just released 3,500 posts touching on a myriad of topics

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released more than 3,500 advertisements and posts spread by Russian trolls before and after the 2016 U.S. election. Below is a look at 10 of the most shocking examples that stood out from Congress’s reveal.

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