(SNews) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave the nation a scare yesterday when he froze mid-sentence while giving a speech.

After standing frozen and looking lost for a prolonged period of time, Sen. McConnell was escorted from the podium by shocked senators.

Now NBC is reporting that McConnell “face-planted” while getting off a plane last week.

According to NBC, McConnell tripped and fell getting off a plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 14.

He was not seriously hurt, the report says.

According to NBC: “McConnell, R-Ky., who was a passenger, had a ‘face plant,’ someone who was on the plane at the time but did not witness the fall told NBC News.

“That passenger also said they spoke to another passenger who helped tend to McConnell.

“McConnell has also recently been using a wheelchair as a precaution when he navigates crowded airports, said a source familiar with his practices.”

Yesterday during his opening remarks Mitch suddenly stopped talking. His Republican colleagues asked if he was okay while he looked lost and confused. (See Videos Below)

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa appeared to make a sign of the cross as if she was praying for McConnell.

A few minutes later, McConnell came back to the press conference by himself.

He stood away from the podium and when asked about his health he said he was fine.


McConnell also tripped and fell on March 8 after an event for the Senate Leadership Fund at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington.

He was hospitalized with a concussion and discharged on March 13.