His name is Adam Parkhomenko and in 2016 he was the director of grass-roots engagement for the Clinton campaign. Yesterday he posted a video clip of Mitch McConnell tripping while climbing onto a stage set to the theme music from the show Curb Your Enthusiasm:
As you can see, thousands of people on the left found this amusing but a number of people, including some in the media, pointed out that the reason McConnell was struggling was that he had Polio as a child:
This morning, he doubled down and said he wanted to see the video get to one million views:
He also made it clear he didn’t care about McConnell’s childhood polio:
He attacked the media responding to his clip:
Parkhomenko also attacked a writer for the Daily Wire and suggested the McConnell video was payback for the reaction to video of Hillary collapsing in the street in 2016:
But unlike the Hillary collapsing story, there’s no hidden health issue here. We know why McConnell tripped. He’s a) not young and b) had polio as a kid. None of that is a secret like Hillary’s illness was. But if you’re wondering what kind of person would take joy in someone else’s disability, you can read this Washington Post profile of Parkhomenko from 2016. He’s a Hillary superfan:
As a kid in Arlington, Va., he seethed with jealousy when he learned his best friend’s dad was a convention delegate with a photo of Hillary Clinton on the family piano. By 13, he started writing letters to politicians and asking for a signed head shot.
Then there was the time Hillary came to his elementary school and shook his hand; and the time he washed Bill’s golf cart at the local course. He still has a $ 5 bill the president signed for him.
But when Parkhomenko decided at age 17 to start a Draft Hillary movement, it wasn’t just because he had met her as a kid. “Adam is an entrepreneur,” said Bert Kaufman, a friend of Parkhomenko’s for the past decade. “He was drawn to her promise, he was drawn to her potential.”
Sure, he thought she would be a good president. But, just as important, he thought she was a good bet.
In November 2003, when Draft Hillary had already collected 42,000 signature, he flew to Des Moines to sell buttons outside the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, where she was the keynote speaker. He was 18, not old enough to rent a car without paying a big fee, and too cash-poor to justify taking a cab. So he walked five miles to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
He was a real devotee who found a good job with the campaign in 2016. Had Hillary won the election, he’d probably be working in the White House right now. But that didn’t happen. He seems somewhat bitter about it. Hillary must be so proud of her superfan.