Donald Trump once dubbed “mean as a worm” Mitch McConnell.
That was how Trump supporters felt about the Senate Minority Leader after he railed in a duplicate stemwinder of a speech against the former president, which contributed confusingly to his impeachment acquittal vote.
At a time when he wanted to be adequately defended, it smacked of a huge betrayal for McConnell to smear the former president.
McConnell claimed that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day,” while separate fringe terrorist organizations pre-planned and carried out the Capitol attack.
“The Kentucky senator also claimed that, despite Trump’s sovereign immunity from civil lawsuit and a boilerplate address, Trump was “liable” for the Capitol riots that no reasonable human being who actually read would deem “incitement.
McConnell shed his snakeskin once again on Thursday, reversing his political support for Donald Trump.
“The party’s nominee? Completely,” answered Mitch.
Given the rhetorical beatdown Donald Trump had just given him in the form of a scorched-earth letter bashing McConnell after his impeachment trial speech, it was a surprising reversal.
“With political ‘masters’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at his helm, the Republican Party will never again be valued or strong,” Trump’s statement bellowed.
Trump railed, “The commitment of McConnell to business as normal, status quo policies, along with his lack of political insight, intelligence, power, and charisma, has quickly moved him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse.” “The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a violin, and they’ve never had it so good, and they want to keep it that way!”
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and they’re not going to win again if Republican Senators stick with him,” Trump threatened. He’s never going to do what he wants to do or what is best for our country. I will back primary competitors who support Making America Great Again and our America First strategy, where possible and relevant. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, brilliant.
As cold-blooded as it is, McConnell seems to have put aside personal slights and made a political calculation. It’s not only about the future of the Republican Party, but also about his own approval ratings.
His approval ratings have fallen, and his disapproval ratings are increasing, after the Senate impeachment trial was scheduled and McConnell struggled to make a convincing argument defending Donald Trump.
McConnell’s approval rating is at a horrible 18 percent and his disapproval rating is at an astronomical 64 percent in the most recent available Politico/Morning Consult poll. (Compare that to the insufferable Nancy Pelosi, whose favorability is 37% and her drawback is 53%.)
That means that, since November, Mitch McConnell has seen a 12-point decrease in favorability and a 19-point rise in unfavorability.
In the meantime, the Trump impeachment show trial did not dampen the excitement of advocates for the former president. It has galvanized dedication among the foundation, if anything.
That implies that, since November, Mitch McConnell has seen a 12-point decrease in favorability and a 19-point rise in unfavorability.
The Trump impeachment demonstration hearing, meanwhile, has not dampened the excitement of advocates for the former president. It has galvanized dedication among the base if anything.
“Republican voters really quickly got over any misgivings they had about Trump’s position on Jan. 6,” a Politico article noted last week. Fifty-nine percent of Republican voters said they want Trump to play a significant role in the future of their party. That’s up 18 percentage points from a Jan. 7 Morning Consult poll, and up 9 points from a Jan. 25 follow-up poll, before the impeachment.
Among the Republican Party faithful, Donald Trump is much more well-liked than Mitch McConnell.
“While in our new survey, Trump’s overall favorability rating is an abysmal 34%, 81% of Republican respondents gave him positive marks,” Politico added. Trump’s support among Republicans was 77 percent on Jan. 7 and 74 percent on Jan. 25.
In addition, Trump fans are all-in if in 2024 the former president chooses to run again.
“Fifty-four percent said they would vote to run again in 2024 for the former president, should he choose a second term in the White House,” Newsweek noted.
The link between Donald Trump and millions of members of the Republican Party is not even simply dependent on him being the candidate of the party. If he wanted to run independently or even form his own political party, Trump could hypothetically break the support of the party in half.
In a Suffolk/USA Today poll, Fox 5 reported, “If Trump founded a third party, 46 percent would support the Trump Party.” “Just 27% of Trump backers say they’re going to support the Republican Party.”
The study observed, “Of those surveyed, 54% said they felt more allegiance to Donald Trump than to the Republican party.” “A much smaller 34% said they felt more GOP loyalty.”
Therefore, McConnell’s turnabout on Trump funding is a business judgment.
In his Thursday interview on ‘what changed,’ Baier followed up with McConnell.
“What has happened in the past is not an important thing now,” McConnell explained. “We are moving on. We have a new government. It is an administration that is really left-wing.
McConnell seemed hopeful that “anyone but Trump” would eventually win.
Between now and ’24, there’s a lot to happen,” he rationalized.” “I have at least four representatives who I believe are intending to run for president….