Newsmax.com reports that
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support Donald Trump if he were the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2024.
His remarks, in a Fox News interview, marked an about-face from less than two weeks ago, when he delivered an impassioned speech from the Senate floor in which he held Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the mob that attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6th.
McConnell and other Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming have suggested that it was time for the party to move on and find new leaders despite polls showing that most Republicans remain attached to the former president.
Yet the party is also keen to cast aside the notion that it’s engulfed in a civil war as it confronts the new Biden administration and prepares for the 2022 elections.
“The Republican party is actually in very good shape,” McConnell said in the Fox interview. “We gained seats in the House, we elected 50 Republican senators when everybody was predicting we were going to lose the Senate. The Democrats didn’t flip a single state legislature, we flipped two, picked up a governor.”
The Republicans did lose control of the Senate, but it remains divided 50-50.
McConnell dismissed reports of party discord and said President Joe Biden “has made it quite easy for us to get together.”
On Feb. 13, McConnell voted to acquit Trump on charges of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, but just minutes later condemned him in the floor speech. “The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things,” he said.
Trump fired back days later with a sarcastic response, mocking McConnell as “a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack” and warned senators who remained loyal to their leader “will not win again.”
When Trump was president, McConnell was his chief ally in shepherding the 2017 tax law and filling the federal judiciary with Trump’s nominees. But the two men had an uneasy relationship that McConnell managed by rarely engaging Trump publicly, making his floor speech all the more extraordinary.
McConnell is not attending this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, in which Trump will be the star attraction.
That’s because “The Turtle” was probably not asked to be there.
Let’s face it.
Establishment Republicans, like Mitch McConnell, have seen the poll numbers.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has seen his unfavorable ratings skyrocket in recent weeks following his public break with former President Donald Trump, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.
They know now that they do not have any chance of success in the 2022 Midterm Elections or the 2024 Presidential Election without the Charismatic Former President.
They probably knew before but they are so snobby that they just did not want to admit it.
Trump is the bridge needed between them and average Americans living in the Heartland.
Here’s a well-known “secret”: Those same average Americans, the Republican Voting Base, do not trust the Capitol Hill Establishment Republicans any further than they can throw them.
Americans have watched the Republicans sell them out to the Democrats for years until Trump came along.
Trump connected with average Americans in a way no other Republican has since Ronaldus Magnus (Ronald Reagan).
The Republican Establishment had grown arrogant and aloof, distancing themselves from the people who gave them their cushy jobs on Capitol Hill.
President Trump came along and galvanized the average Americans in “Flyover Country” into a Conservative Juggernaut and a political force to be reckoned with.
He lifted the Republican Party up from the mire of the D.C. Swamp and showed them how to actually stand up to Pelosi, Schumer, and company.
The only problem with the alliance between Trump and the Republican Establishment is the greed and the habit of pushing for political expediency which the Republicans on Capitol Hill had embraced for years. McConnell’s rant after the Shampeachment Acquittal is a perfect example.
It’s going to be up to Trump to keep them “honest”.
Until He Comes,
3 thoughts on “When Asked on Fox News, McConnell Says He Will “Absolutely” Support Trump If He is the Republican Presidential Candidate for 2024”
Thank you, as always informative and a great read.
LikeLiked by 1 person
McConnell would not answer any other questions about Trump and his relation, saying it was time to move on. McConnell obviously got blasted by the very people he used to strong arm into cooperating with his demands.
LikeLiked by 1 person
I think he says this confidently knowing future elections will be rigged against Trump and other MSGA candidates.