Former Trump Supporter Tells 'Moscow Mitch' McConnell, 'If You Don't Like This Nickname, Do Your Job'

A well-known former supporter of President Donald Trump joined in on the "Moscow Mitch" criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with an open letter telling the Republican, "if you don't like this nickname, do your job."

David Weissman, who also previously backed McConnell had harsh words for the senator in an open letter published Wednesday by The Times of Israel. Critics started calling McConnell "Moscow Mitch" since the leader blocked election security bills in July, despite evidence Russian interfered in the 2016 elections. Weissman's letter came a day after various Moscow Mitch hashtags trended on Twitter after McConnell complained about the nickname.

"Sir, we are living in troubled times," Weissman started, and brought up racism, hate crimes, mass shootings and easy access to guns and military-style assault rifles. The Army veteran wrote that Democrats and Republicans have come up with several pieces of legislation "for common sense gun reform that majority of Americans are begging for" but that "these bills sit on you desk, ignored."

"You are failing the people that elected you to act as Senator, but instead you act as [a] Russian puppet," Weissman wrote. "You have also blocked bipartisan bills that would protect elections in our country. This gives Russia more opportunities to interfere in our elections."

Weissman wrote that McConnell is "single-handedly putting our democracy at risk."

"This is why the people are calling you Moscow Mitch," Weissman wrote. "If you don't like this nickname, do your job and represent the American people."

Weissman told Newsweek on Wednesday afternoon that he penned the open letter because "there's been way too many mass shootings in our country and Mitch is the one that's stopping any prevention that can lower gun violence."

The veteran said he once supported McConnell "because I originally believed that it was the Democrats that were out there to take away our rights away." Weissman stopped supporting Trump in early 2018, and the Republican Party as well around the same time, after coming to the belief that much of the GOP's work is "based on lies about the Democratic Party."

Weissman added that the Second Amendment does not state that anyone can own a gun "and not everyone should," and said he had "less respect for Mitch because he does take money from the NRA [National Rifle Association]."

"You take money from the NRA and Russia which is preventing you from making the right decisions to secure our Democracy and safety of the American people," Weissman wrote, concluding that "if you continue these acts, which I know you will, I will do all I can to help [McConnell Senate challenger] Amy McGrath to replace you in office."

Former Trump Supporter Moscow Mitch
Local activist Leroy Wilson holds a "Moscow Mitch" sign, referring to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), outside of tonight's Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit, Michigan. Justin Sullivan/Getty

Tuesday, McConnell complained on the right-wing Hugh Hewitt Show about the Moscow Mitch nickname and called it "modern-day McCarthyism."

"Unbelievable for a Cold Warrior like me who spent a career standing up to the Russians to be given a moniker like that. It's an effort to smear me. You know, I can laugh about things like the 'Grim Reaper,'" he said of a nickname he gave himself, "But calling me 'Moscow Mitch' is over the top."

After McConnell's comments, members of The Democratic Coalition pushed several hashtags and got #MoscowMitchHatesAmerica and #MoscowMitch to top the United States Twitter trends list.

"Instead of working on gun reform legislation, Moscow Mitch was busy whining on radio about his new nickname," the coalition's co-founder Scott Dworkin told Newsweek on Wednesday afternoon.

Since becoming a liberal Democrat, Weissman has voiced his disapproval of Trump, the Republican Party and its policies on platforms including Twitter, where he has more than 92,000 followers. In a blog post last month, after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Weissman called for the NRA to be defunded and said conservative pundits should not be allowed to control gun laws.

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