Turning On MAGA: Does This Spell The End For Mitch McConnell?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 27 April 2022 05:15
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A new book reveals that mere hours after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “exhilarated” by the prospect of then-President Donald Trump’s public image crumbling.

Trump “finally, totally discredited” himself, the Kentucky Republican told New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin for the yet-to-be-released book This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.

“He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger,” McConnell exclaimed to Martin just after midnight following the Capitol attack, according to excerpts obtained by the Washington Post. “Couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

According to the book, McConnell also asked Martin if he had heard rumors about the 25th Amendment being invoked to remove Trump from office. A joint statement was also discussed in the hours following the attack between McConnell, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to request that Trump not attend the inauguration set for later in the month. McConnell later voted to acquit Trump in the Capitol riot-related impeachment trial that followed, telling fellow GOP lawmakers he would do so in part because the trial took place after Trump left office on January 20.

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According to its description on Amazon, the book, co-authored by New York Times reporter Alexander Burns and set to release on May 3, showcases reactions from both sides of the aisle to major events within the past few years, including the 2020 election, the Capitol siege, the Coronavirus pandemic, and President Joe Biden’s first year in office.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also held similar sentiments following the Capitol attack, encouraging his Republican colleagues to convince Trump to resign, according to an adaption of the book published by the New York Times last week. However, his tune quickly changed, and McCarthy remains in Trump’s good graces and is expected to vie for House speaker should Republicans win control of the House this November.

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McConnell has not publicly commented on the book.

In February, the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of the charge that he incited the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, ending a weeklong attempt by Democrats to block the former President from ever seeking higher office again.

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In a 57-43 vote, seven Republicans voted to convict the President in a historic second impeachment trial. But it was short of the 17 GOP senators who were needed to join all 50 Democrats to convict Trump, with a two-thirds majority as required by the Constitution. Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania voted to convict Trump.

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