Mitch McConnell says the Georgia Senate runoff was a “fiasco” and warns that he will go for the primaries because he “actually wants to win.”
- The Senate minority chairman said “electability” is the most important factor
- Georgia Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler lost to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the runoff elections
- The runoff election in Georgia gave the Democrats an effective majority in the Senate
- The Republicans are facing an identity crisis following Donald Trump’s policies
- McConnell has been criticized by some GOP members for his haunted comments blaming Trump for the January 6th riot in the Capitol
Mitch McConnell had a subtle argument with Donald Trump when he called the Republican run-off losses in the Georgia Senate a “fiasco”.
The Republican alluded to the former president’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, which undermined much of the preparations for the key votes and believed to have helped suppress the GOP’s votes.
Trump’s refusal to admit split the party ahead of the runoff election, causing Republicans to lose their Senate majority.
78-year-old Senate minority chairman McConnell said he was ready to step on future primaries to stop another general election loss.
Mitch McConnell had a subtle argument with Donald Trump when he called the Georgia Senate runoff a “fiasco”.
In January’s Georgia runoff election, two Republican incumbents, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, lost to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The results gave the Democrats effective control of the Senate, with both parties holding 50 seats in the chamber, while Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote gave them a majority.
McConnell told the Wall Street Journal, “Georgia was a fiasco. We all know why this happened.
“Finding candidates who can actually win in November is a priority,” McConnell said.
He added, “That may mean trying to influence the outcome of the primaries or not.”
The Senate Minority Leader said “electability” was a primary concern rather than any candidate’s policies as his party faced an identity crisis following Trump
McConnell said “electability” was the main factor for him, rather than a particular brand of Republicanism.
McConnell’s comments come when Sean Hannity called him “hypocritical” and warned that he would soon be challenged over Republican Party leadership after upset Trump and his behavior in the January 6th Capitol uprising. McConnell, however, still voted to acquit the president when the Senate voted on his impeachment.
The GOP leader wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he had no ill will towards the seven Republican senators who voted for the indictment.
He formulated his reasons for voting on acquittal, arguing that the constitution does not allow indicting a president who has already resigned.
But in a careful threading of the needle, he insisted that he respect those who voted differently from him.
Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump on Saturday and then devastated him in the Senate
Sean Hannity used his Fox News Show on Monday night to attack the Senate minority leader
“I do not allow my colleagues to draw their own conclusions,” he wrote. “I respect senators who received the opposite answer.”
He added: “There is no question that former President Trump has moral responsibility. His followers stormed the Capitol over the unsolved lies he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone.
“His behavior during and after the chaos was also incomprehensible, from the attack on Vice President Mike Pence during the uprising to the praise of criminals after it ended.”
McConnell is fighting to keep the pro and anti-Trump factions of his party together
McConnell wrote a comment on Monday insisting that his vote did not endorse Trump
Hannity, one of the former president’s most ardent defenders, accused McConnell of failing Trump in office and of failing to effectively attack the Democrats over their own lively rhetoric.
He also highlighted John Thune, a Republican Senator from South Dakota who, like McConnell, had voted for the acquittal, condemning Trump, saying, “What former President Trump did to undermine confidence in our electoral system and the peaceful Disrupting the transfer of power is inexcusable. “
Hannity hit back on Monday: “Where did John Thune and Mitch McConnell fight the biggest abuse-corruption scandal in our history with Operation Crossfire Hurricane?” Asked Hannity.
‘You were missing in action.
‘Where is the sanctimonious Mitch McConnell, John Thune calling for Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters – when is he going to give a speech in the Senate and hold these Democrats accountable for their incitement to insurrection and their insurrection? like language?
“Now is the time for new leadership in the US Senate.”