Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had another “freeze up” episode Wednesday, while taking questions from reporters in Kentucky.
A reporter had just asked McConnell, 81, his thoughts about running for reelection in 2026, and McConnell inexplicably froze and stopped speaking for several seconds.
The incident is similar to what happened on July 27, when the top Republican senator also appeared to have a seizure of the same sort during a press conference.
As with the episode in July, McConnell appeared to suddenly stare and was not responsive.
An aide came up to him and asked him if he heard the question. Then another aide approached and asked reporters to give the senator a minute. Eventually McConnell cleared his throat and started answering questions again, although he seemed confused. The entire episode ended up with about 20 seconds of apparent incapacity by McConnell, seven seconds less than his July 27 incident.