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Mitch McConnell Is Going Viral For His Alarmingly Discolored Hands — Here's What Twitter Is Saying

"Mitch McConnell’s hand looks like he was trying to destroy a horcrux."

Earlier this week, Mitch McConnell made headlines after he was photographed on Capitol Hill with severely discolored hands, as well as some bruising on his face.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not answer questions about his health, only saying there were "no concerns" despite visible bandages and bruises

For much of his Capitol Hill visit, Mitch kept his hands hidden inside his pockets. But after he dropped a face mask and reached to pick it up, this now-viral photo was taken:

Mitch McConnell

And other photos from the day confirm that it's not some trick of lighting — that is indeed what his hands look like right now.

Mitch McConnell

In the days since his hands went viral, McConnell has deflected multiple questions from the press about his health, only saying that he has "no concerns."

Mitch McConnell

The internet, however, has plenty of concerns. Here are 16 reactions on Twitter:

1. Many people thought the images were fake at first, and were shocked to find out they were real:

When I saw these pics on twitter I didn’t retweet as I assumed they were fake.

2. This doctor was alarmed by what she saw:

3. Some called out the hypocrisy of Mitch refusing to answer questions about his health, given how the right-wing media has scrutinized the health of liberal politicians:

What is going on with Mitch McConnell's health? If Hillary or Biden looked like this, right-wing media would be having a field day about their impending demise.

4. Many expressed their hopes that the Senate majority leader wasn't facing a serious health issue:

I hope Mitch McConnell isn't in poor health but his hands look gnarly (images from Getty)

5. But, given that he's such a divisive political figure, of course some people had jokes:

Looking at McConnell's hand, I am reminded that leeches in Vietnam often discolored the skin the same way. In this case though the "leech" is on the inside, rather than the outside.

6. Some drew connections between the hands and McConnell's recent refusal to pass a stimulus package to help Americans:

Mitch McConnell: "They can have another stimulus when they pry it from my cold dead hands!" Mitch McConnell's hands:

7. A few Harry Potter fans thought the hands looked strangely familiar:

Mitch McConnell’s hand looks like he was trying to destroy a horcrux.

8. People really just want to know WTF is going on:

Why does Mitch McConnell’s hand look like he has 23 hours to bury a talisman


Your NaNoWriMo prompt: What happened to Mitch's hand?

10. Comparisons were made:

Closeup of @senatemajldr McConnell's hand.


What’s up with Mitch McConnell’s hands???


Looks like Mitch couldn’t hold up his end of the bargain he made with Ursula and shall soon join her garden of poor unfortunate souls.

13. Some people wondered if perhaps RBG was involved from the beyond:

Wouldn’t it be cool if Mitch McConnell was all bruised up because RBG’s ghost was kicking his ass every night in his dreams?

14. Suffice it to say, it's been a strange week for Trump's inner circle:

Mitch McConnell’s hand is falling off and Guliani was tricked by Borat to wank off on camera. WTF is happening?

15. This user reminded people that the situation could actually be quite serious:

The thing with Mitch McConnell is NOT funny. This sort of damage can basically only happen to your hands if you make prolonged digital sexual contact with the incarnate genitalia of the demon Asmodeus. Happened to my cousin once

16. And finally, there was...this: