Former President Trump has reportedly held conversations with allies in the Senate about ousting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump has had simmering tension with McConnell ever since the Kentucky Senator attacked him for challenging the 2020 presidential election results.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the effort to remove McConnell.
Trump, they write, has “spoken recently with senators and allies about trying to depose Mr. McConnell and whether any Republicans are interested in mounting a challenge.”
Former President Donald Trump has spoken recently with senators and allies about trying to depose Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP leader and whether any Republicans are interested in mounting a challenge, people familiar with the conversations said https://t.co/4aHTLwJEmh
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 19, 2021
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Republicans Not Interested In Joining Trump To Oust Mitch McConnell
The Journal report indicates that Republicans – even those who support the former President – have little stomach for trying to oust Mitch McConnell.
“There is little appetite among Senate Republicans for such a plan, lawmakers and aides said, but the discussions risk driving a wedge deeper between the most influential figure in the Republican Party and its highest-ranking member in elected office,” they write.
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Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) said the odds weren’t in Trump’s favor regarding a move to rid the Senate of Mitch McConnell, even if it might be the best thing to do.
“I just don’t realistically see that happening,” Kennedy, a Trump supporter, said, equating the odds to that of teaching a donkey how to fly.
“I think Mitch McConnell has proven to be a disaster. He’s not good for the Republican Party as a leader, and I wish I wouldn’t have endorsed him.” https://t.co/ODaIQbCiIl
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) September 16, 2021
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Trump: McConnell Bad For The Republican Party
In an interview earlier this week, Trump suggested that Senate Republicans should fire Mitch McConnell themselves.
“I think Mitch McConnell has proven to be a disaster,” Trump told The Federalist. “He’s not good for the Republican Party as a leader, and I wish I wouldn’t have endorsed him.”
“The Senate has to make a change at some point,” he added. “I don’t think it’s acceptable having him as a leader.”
Please President Trump: Tell me it’s true. You are trying to oust Mitch McConnell from his leadership position. I will do anything to assist you. Let’s get rid of Mitch NOW! #Trump2024
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) September 20, 2021
This past April, McConnell was reportedly seeking a truce with the former President.
“The leader has no animosity and he’s made it very clear he wants to work with the president to get the majority back,” McConnell’s top deputy said at the time.
McConnell seeks to end feud with Trump https://t.co/iiqN7eoQ9W pic.twitter.com/dOPr0g2JlA
— The Hill (@thehill) April 14, 2021
McConnell, following the Capitol riot, joined Democrats in calls for impeachment according to a Fox News report at the time, telling associates that the move “will help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement.”
Trump ravaged the GOP leader, issuing a statement saying McConnell is “a dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack.”
“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” he added.
A poll almost immediately after the Capitol riot from Axios-Ipsos showed Republican voters overwhelmingly “siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time.”
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