Senator Mitch McConnell’s recent “freeze-ups” have raised concerns about his health, and medical expert Dr. Marc Siegel has offered his analysis of the situation. During an interview on Fox News’ ‘Special Report,’ Dr. Siegel speculated about the possible causes of these episodes for McConnell.
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He should resign and put his full focus on his mounting health issues.
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Dr. Siegel mentioned Parkinson’s disease as a potential explanation for the freezes, although he emphasized that he had not personally examined the Senator. He pointed out that Parkinson’s disease can cause a freeze in its later stages and could also explain why no one around McConnell seemed to be alarmed during these episodes. However, he noted that McConnell’s history of falls, including having had polio as a child, would not explain the recent freezes.
Dr. Siegel also commented on whether Senator McConnell should continue serving in his current capacity. If his speculation about Parkinson’s disease is correct, he mentioned that it is characterized by slowness of movement and a higher risk of falling, even if the person is thinking clearly. However, he acknowledged McConnell’s great courage in facing health challenges throughout his life. Ultimately, if McConnell is in the later stages of a neurological disease, Dr. Siegel believes he should consider stepping down.
The interview also delved into a broader discussion about aging politicians, with Dr. Siegel mentioning concerns about Senator Dianne Feinstein and President Biden’s age. These recent incidents involving McConnell and others have raised questions about the fitness of aging politicians to continue serving in their roles.
McConnell’s most recent freeze-up occurred during a press conference, where he seemed disoriented when asked about running for re-election in 2026. His staff quickly intervened to provide support, but no immediate clarification about his condition was given.
Overall, these repeated incidents have sparked speculation about McConnell’s future and whether he will seek re-election in 2026. Given his pivotal role in U.S. politics and status as one of the longest-serving Senate Republican leaders, his health concerns have implications beyond his own career.