'I want this as a baroque painting': Photo of Mitch McConnell social distancing goes viral

'An image for our time'

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Sunday 12 April 2020 01:15
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Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks to members of the news media after departing from the Senate Chamber floor on Capitol Hill in Washington
Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks to members of the news media after departing from the Senate Chamber floor on Capitol Hill in Washington

A photograph of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conducting an interview in the Capitol while complying with coronavirus social distancing rules has gone viral.

Senator McConnell is pictured standing outside of the Senate Chamber on Thursday surrounded by reporters and photographers.

Everyone is managing to keep six feet away from each other, while also attempting to carry out their jobs.

The dramatic architecture and mosaic floor of the Capitol Building only adds to the surreal composition of the picture.

One Twitter user commented: “I'd like to commission this as a baroque painting.”

Other tweets joked that it resembled an episode of Ghosthunters, something from the world of Harry Potter, a scene from Ghostbusters, or perhaps a pagan or satanic ceremony.


As one tweet succinctly put it: “An image for our time.”

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