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June 26, 2022

Trump Lays Into McConnell Over ‘Career-Ending’ Move

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Former President Donald Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the “career-ending” bipartisan gun bill.

“Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.

“Just like he gave away the Debt Ceiling and got NOTHING in return, or handed the Dems a great sound bite and victory with the Infrastructure Bill, which is actually all about the Green New Deal, he is now forcing approval of the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS! Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!” 

Fourteen Senate Republicans crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill, including McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). 

The former president had also warned Senate Republicans against voting in favor of the bill earlier this week.

“The deal on ‘Gun Control’ currently being structured and pushed in the Senate by Radical Left Democrats, with the help of Mitch McConnell, RINO Senator John Cornyn of Texas, and others, will go down in history as the first step in the movement to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

“Republicans, be careful what you wish for!!!”

March 31, 2022

Mitch McConnell Defends Clarence Thomas Against ‘Clumsy Bullying’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defended Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, decrying the ongoing “clumsy bullying from the political branches.”

Thomas is facing calls to recuse himself from cases pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after it was revealed that his wife, Ginni Thomas, sent text messages to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, urging him to overturn the election.

McConnell described the calls for Thomas to recuse himself as an “inappropriate pressure campaign.”

“It has no basis in Justice Thomas’s decades of impeccable service on the court. The justice and the entire court should feel free to completely ignore all this,” McConnell said.

“This clumsy bullying from the political branches is really beyond the pale. Justice Thomas is an exemplary jurist who has modeled fidelity to the rule of law for more than 30 years and counting.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for Thomas to resign, or possibly face impeachment proceedings.


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McConnell blasts ‘clumsy bullying’ amid Thomas scrutiny

March 23, 2022

Senate Candidate Vows to ‘Fire’ McConnell

U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has vowed to “fire” Sen. Mitch McConnell from his GOP leadership role if elected later this year.

“Today, I unveil my pledge to America to fire Mitch McConnell. If elected to the Senate, I will not vote for Mitch McConnell for leader, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that Republicans choose a conservative to be leader,” Brooks said in a new campaign ad.

“America can’t afford a Senate leader who is a weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO [Republican in name only] Republican, and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash,” he continued.

Brooks is now the third Senate candidate within the GOP to publicly support removing McConnell from his position. The others are Eric Greitens (MO) and Kelly Tshibaka (AK). Both Tshibaka and Brooks have endorsements from former President Donald Trump.

The new ad comes after Trump considered rescinding his endorsement of Brooks, saying he was disappointed with Brooks over 2021 remarks, wherein he urged rally attendees to move on from the 2020 presidential election.

“I’m disappointed that he gave an inarticulate answer, and I’ll have to find out what he means,” Trump said in an interview last week.

“If it meant what he sounded like, I would have no problem changing [my endorsement] because when you endorse somebody, you endorse somebody based on principle. If he changed that principle, I would have no problem doing that.”


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Brooks vows to not back McConnell as leader amid Trump criticism

February 24, 2022

McConnell Doesn’t Find Biden’s Promise To Nominate Black Woman ‘Inappropriate’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t think President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court was “inappropriate.”

“I heard a couple of people say they thought it was inappropriate for the president to announce he was going to put an African American woman on the court. Honestly, I did not think that was inappropriate,” McConnell said during a Lexington Commerce event in Kentucky.

“President Reagan promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor. President Trump promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, so I’m not complaining about that.”

McConnell added that Biden’s high court nominee would be treated better than Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination process.

“I think one thing I can promise you, for sure, if you remember the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, that this confirmation will not occur like that,” the Kentucky Republican said.

“I think we believe the Supreme Court nominee ought to be respectfully treated, thoroughly vetted and then voted upon.”

McConnell’s comments come after several congressional Republicans rebuked the president for vowing to nominate a Black woman.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called it “offensive.”

“The fact that he’s willing to make a promise at the outset, that it must be a Black woman, I gotta say that’s offensive. You know, you know Black women are what, 6 percent of the U.S. population? He’s saying to 94 percent of Americans, ‘I don’t give a damn about you, you are ineligible,’” Cruz said on his podcast, Verdict.


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McConnell says he didn’t think Biden’s announcement to nominate Black woman to SCOTUS was ‘inappropriate’

February 9, 2022

McConnell Denounces the RNC’s Decision to Censure GOP Lawmakers

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the Republican National Committee’s resolution to censure two GOP lawmakers, saying that it’s “not the job” of the RNC to single out Republicans who disagree with the party.

“Traditionally, the view of the national party committee is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues,” McConnell said during a news conference.

“The issue is whether or not the RNC should be singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC.”

Last week, the RNC voted to censure Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for serving on the Jan. 6 select committee. In the resolution, the RNC argued that Cheney and Kinzinger are “participating in a Democratic-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”

The verbiage used in the RNC’s resolution sparked backlash, both from Democrats and other members of the GOP.

“Shame falls on a party that would censure persons of conscience, who seek truth in the face of vitriol,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) tweeted on Friday.

McConnell also spoke out against the RNC’s categorization of Jan. 6, calling it “a violent insurrection.”

“It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That’s what it was,” McConnell said.


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McConnell calls out Republican censure resolution: ‘That’s not the job of the RNC’

February 2, 2022

McConnell Splits from Trump: No Pardons for Jan. 6 Defendants

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he doesn’t support lessening the prison sentences of anyone who has pleaded guilty on charges stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

“I would not be in favor of shortening any of the sentences for any of the people who pleaded guilty to crimes,” McConnell told reporters.

The Senate GOP leader’s comments come after former President Donald Trump said he would consider pardons for Jan. 6 participants if he were to be reelected.

“The election of 2020 was decided Dec. 14 of 2020 when the Electoral College certified the winner of the election. What we saw here on Jan. the 6th was an effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another, which has never happened before in our country,” McConnell said.

McConnell noted that 165 people linked to the violent storming of the Capitol more than one year ago “have pleaded guilty to crimes.”

During a rally in Texas on Saturday, Trump said: “If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly.”

“And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly.”


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McConnell differs with Trump on Jan. 6 pardons

January 13, 2022

McConnell: Biden Speech was ‘Profoundly Unpresidential’ [Video]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a scathing condemnation of President Joe Biden’s recent speech in Georgia, in which he promoted voting rights and changing the filibuster, calling it “divisive” and “profoundly unpresidential.”

McConnell began his remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday by recalling “12 months ago” when Biden promoted unity and “said we should ‘see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors.'”

“Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic ‘enemies,'” McConnell said. “How profoundly unpresidential.”

“Yesterday, with the world’s largest megaphone, he invoked the literal Civil War and said we are on the doorstep of autocracy. Talked about domestic enemies. Rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the United States,” McConnell said. 

“The President’s rant yesterday was incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that the Senate will vote on rule changes to the filibuster by January 17. Biden is reportedly meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday to urge them once again to change the filibuster so they can pass voting rights legislation, according to The Hill.

But Democrats would need all 50 senators to pull that off, and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have repeatedly said they support the filibuster remaining intact.

Read a transcript of McConnell’s remarks here.


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McConnell says Biden speech was ‘incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office’

November 19, 2021

‘McConnell is a fool’: Trump unloads on former ally in scathing statement

Former President Donald Trump had a few choice words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a fiery ultimatum regarding the Biden administration’s social spending bill.

Trump released a statement through his Save America PAC, blasting McConnell and other Republicans in Congress for helping pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. He warned that McConnell “better stop” Biden’s social spending plan from advancing.

“McConnell is a fool and he damn well better stop their ‘Dream of Communism Bill’ and keep his Senators in line, or he should resign now, something he should have done a long time ago,” Trump’s statement read. “Use the Debt Ceiling like it should have been used, you Old Broken Crow, to do so would hurt our Country far less than this horrible Bill.”

“Mitch McConnell couldn’t stop the first Bill so 19 Senators, including himself, joined in. That’s what he does—if you can’t beat them, join them. If he wasn’t so stupid and didn’t give the two-month extension, he could have stopped it all. Now he and his RINO friends will allow a much bigger and far worse Bill to pass, ruining our Country while giving the Democrats a great political lift, all at the same time,” Trump wrote.

“This was all allowed by Mitch McConnell’s incompetence and now I understand that a couple Republican Senators may get on board so that they can have yet another and even bigger victory, for the Democrats, while at the same time ensuring massive Inflation and the destruction of our Country as we know it,” Trump said.

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Trump gives McConnell insult-filled ultimatum on Biden agenda

October 24, 2021

McConnell says GOP should not ‘rehash’ 2020

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Republican Party should focus on “the future, not the past” and stop focusing on the 2020 election.

At a press conference, reporters asked McConnell if he was comfortable with the GOP reembracing former President Donald Trump.

“Well, I do think we need to be talking about the future, not the past,” McConnell said.

“I think the American people are focusing on this administration,” he continued. “It’s my hope that [the] 2022 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash about suggestions of what may have happened in 2020.”

McConnell’s comments come as Trump continues to claim that Biden fraudulently won the 2020 election.

“Mitch McConnell should have challenged that election because even back then, we had plenty of material to challenge that election. He should have challenged the election,” Trump said at a recent rally.

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McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not ‘rehash’ 2020

October 14, 2021

Mitch McConnell feels GOP wrath

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received severe backlash from his GOP cohorts last week after he helped Democrats raise the debt limit again, and strategists say it was a wake-up call.

Senate aides and GOP strategists say the minority leader’s reputation took some damage last week when he agreed to a two-month increase of the debt ceiling after insisting for weeks that Democrats would have to do it on their own.

“I think this was a crisis entirely of McConnell’s making when he decided to announce the caucus’s position this summer,” said one anonymous Senate Republican aide. “He created drama and thought it would go a lot differently than he expected and then he blinked.”

“He put his caucus into a tough position,” the aide added. “He prides himself on protecting the caucus from tough votes and that obviously took a major blow.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) publicly criticized McConnell last week.

“I believe Democratic Leader Schumer was on the verge of surrendering, and then, unfortunately … Republicans blinked. I think that was a mistake,” Cruz said.

This situation is likely to make McConnell’s job harder, especially given the public criticisms from former President Trump.

“This puts McConnell in a box canyon where he has to be tough and fight the debt limit,” said GOP strategist Brian Darling. “He lost face during that debate, and now he’s going to have to step up and actually be tougher on the second go on the debt limit and force Democrats to use reconciliation.”

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McConnell gets GOP wake-up call

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