Last Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he’ll absolutely support former president Donald Trump in 2024 if he gets the nomination. However, most people find the support surprising given that McConnell spared no words in blaming Trump for the Capitol riots in January.
McConnell To Support Trump in 2024
During a Fox News interview with Bret Baier, McConnell said that the 2024 Presidential race is wide open. When pressed by Baier if he would support Trump in 2024 if he gets the nomination, McConnell confirmed he would. “The nominee of the party? Absolutely,” he said.
However, the Kentucky senator called out the former president weeks ago during the impeachment trials. While McConnell eventually voted “Not Guilty,” he said he did so because he found the trial unconstitutional. In fact, He described Trump’s actions as “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” and hinted at a future criminal prosecution. “Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” he added.
Trump Fires Back at McConnell
Meanwhile, Trump reacted to McConnell’s statements and didn’t mince words as well. In a statement, he called the Senator “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,” and said he’ll support his rivals. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership,” said Trump.
McConnell’s comments on Thursday highlight the current Republican thinking, Trump remains a popular choice and a prominent brand in the GOP. The party would be foolish to ignore him and his widespread political base. Moving on to new leadership might also be premature.
Senior Republicans Acknowledge Trump’s Influence
Meanwhile, even senior Republicans who have long disavowed Trump know it’s not that easy. Utah Senator Mitt Romney is a long-time critic. However, he acknowledges that Trump remains the GOP’s current stand bearer. center of gravity. Presently, the GOP’s chances of winning the next presidential election are highest if they choose Trump in 2024.
“I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination. I look at the polls and the polls show that, among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide,” Romney admitted.
Future of the Republican Party
In fact, the party continues to give its tacit endorsement to Trump. The former president will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando this Sunday. During the event, Trump plans to address “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement,” a source familiar with Trump’s plans disclosed.
Watch the MSNBC 11thHour News report where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will back Trump in 2024 after blaming him for riot:
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