McConnell’s Reign May Come To An End At The Hands Of Trump Republicans

Pro-Trump Republicans are looking to flex their muscles against the Republican establishment – and have set ousting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from his leadership role as one of their goals for the next Congress.

The battle for the soul of the GOP is front-and-center in Republican primaries all over the country, with conservatives lining up against establishment candidates and knocking McConnell’s leadership.

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McConnell’s GOP

Over the decades Mitch McConnell had a significant influence on American politics. 

But the biggest thorn in Mitch McConnell’s side? The former president Donald Trump is the greatest thorn in McConnell’s side. During Trump’s time in office, the two were at least outwardly cordial, but McConnell was not helpful in passing the MAGA agenda – when it comes to immigration, trade, or other top issues.

McConnell took Trump to task for questioning the results of the 2020 presidential elections. This shook up their collegiality.

McConnell has never been a friend to Trump and Trump doesn’t try anymore to conceal his hatred for McConnell. Trump’s disapproval was evident in his statement last weekend, which was released after McConnell reached a deal to allow Democrats raise the debt ceiling.

“What is wrong with this Broken Old Crow? He’s hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party. When will they vote him out of Leadership?”

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Many GOP candidates are not afraid

McConnell also targets many Republican candidates for office in the United States in 2022.

And if you happen to be someone challenging one of the “friends of Mitch” like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the GOP has already demonstrated they have no interest in you.

Florida Senator Rick Scott, who heads up the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said last month that “we support all of our incumbents.”

Kelly Tshibaka is the Alaska Senate candidate and she’s challenging Murkowski. Fortunately, Donald Trump is her friend.

Tshibaka is one of several candidates, like Blake Masters in Arizona, who do not support McConnell’s leadership. She stated, “when I defeat Murkowski and become Alaska’s next U.S. senator, I will not support Mitch McConnell as leader.”

Ex-Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, who is running for Sen. Roy Blunt’s soon-to-be-vacant seat, also echoed the same sentiments, saying, “That’s why as a Republican running for Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, I am committed to finding new leadership in the Senate when Republicans win back the majority in 2022.”

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Perfect Storm

McConnell isn’t afraid of using hard-nosed politics, though. 

After the death of former Kansas Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, McConnell informed the Dole family that Dole’s long-time event planner Tim Unes had allegedly been involved in some of the event planning at the Capitol on Jan. 6., and that he had been subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 Committee.

Unes had been involved in planning Dole’s funeral but was promptly, thanks to Mitch McConnell, relieved of those duties. Unes was associated with Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.

But it’s not all daisies for Mitch. McConnell voting for $1.2 infrastructure bill is reportedly a slap in the face for GOP donors. More than a few GOP Senators publicly and privately took McConnell to task over working with Democrats on raising the debt ceiling after he had stated that he wouldn’t.

That “old broken crow” just might be eating a bit of crow courtesy of Trump Republicans come November.


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