Nikki Haley Calls Senate ‘The Most Privileged Nursing Home’ After McConnell’s Mid-Speech Freeze

Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that the U.S. Senate has become a “privileged nursing home” after health concerns by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Senate Minority Leader McConnell froze during Wednesday’s news conference in Covington, Kentucky, when asked if he would run for re-election in 2026. McConnell experienced a similar incident in July during his weekly press conference at the Capitol. (Related: Physical and Cognitive Decline: Laura Ingraham, Mitch McConnell Says ‘I Can’t Work Full-Time Anymore’)


“Just like we shouldn’t feel good seeing Diane Feinstein, we shouldn’t feel good seeing a lot of things going on right now and the decline of Joe Biden. Like, who wouldn’t feel good watching that,” Hailey told “The Story” guest host Gillian. Turner. “What I’m trying to say is that the Senate is the richest nursing home in the country right now. I mean, Mitch McConnell has done some great things, and he deserves credit. But you have to know when to leave.”

Feinstein sat out earlier this year after being hospitalized with shingles in March, but announced his retirement in February. Her health problems and her absence have led to multiple calls for her to resign, including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

Feinstein isn’t the only senator to miss time this year. Democratic Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania was hospitalized for depression, and McConnell was absent after suffering a concussion and rib injuries in a fall during the event.

“I think people over the age of 75 need a psychiatric ability test,” Haley said. “I don’t care that they’ve done it over the age of 50, but they’re making decisions about our national security. They’re making decisions about our economy at the border. We need to know they’re at the top of their game, and looking at Congress now, I can’t say that.”

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