Mitch McConnell plans to NEVER speak to Donald Trump again after his wife Elaine Chao quit Cabinet in disgust – but now faces questions over remaining at head of Republican party
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to never speak to President Donald Trump again, according to The Washington Post
- The president has alienated his allies in Washington with the way he handled Wednesday’s MAGA riot on Capitol Hill
- Before the riot, McConnell had gone on the Senate floor to shame GOP lawmakers who were challenging Electoral College vote counts
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to never speak to President Donald Trump again.
The Washington Post reported this detail in a story describing how the president has alienated his allies in Washington with the way he handled Wednesday’s riot on Capitol Hill.
McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican who will become minority leader once new Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are sworn in, had been ‘estranged’ from Trump in recent weeks, The Post wrote.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will never speak to President Donald Trump again, according to reporting from The Washington Post. He’s photographed Wednesday before the Capitol Hill riot, shaming GOP senators for challenging Electoral College counts
McConnell’s wife now former Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was also disgusted by the president’s performance and resigned Thursday, saying she was ‘deeply troubled’ by the siege, calling it both ‘traumatic’ and ‘entirely avoidable’
Trump was slow to react to the crisis, after encouraging supporters at a rally at the ellipse to march on Capitol Hill. He finally put out a longer video statement Thursday night condemning the attack and appearing to concede to President-elect Joe Biden
But his handling of the crisis was it for the Kentucky Republican.
On Thursday, McConnell’s wife, Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, resigned in disgust.
‘Our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside,’ she said.
Even before Wednesday’s riot, McConnell was set to break with Trump – as he warned senators not to join a House GOP effort to challenge swing states’ Electoral College vote counts.
The morning of the Capitol Hill siege, McConnell went on the Senate floor and said just that publicly – while also pointing out that the election between Trump and President-elect Joe Biden wasn’t close.
‘We’re debating a step that has neve been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overtrun a presidential election,’ he said on the Senate floor, after Rep. Paul Gosar and a batch of GOP senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz, objected to Arizona’s Electoral College vote count.
McConnell ridiculed President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in a five-minute speech that will be one of his last as majority leader – and which he said was about the most important vote of his career.
‘The assertions range from specific, local allegations to Constitutional arguments to sweeping conspiracy theories,’ McConnell said.
He reminded senators that he was supportive of Trump using the country’s legal system, which handed the president and his team loss after loss. And pointed out that these cases were heard by some of the ‘all-star judges whom the president himself nominated’ – including on the U.S. Supreme Court.
McConnell said that every election is plagued by some instances of vote irregularity.
‘And of course that’s unacceptable,’ he said.
‘But my colleagues nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have tipped the entire election,’ McConnell argued. ‘Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break, when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence.’
Twisting the knife into Trump, McConnell also pointed out that the race between President-elect Joe Biden and Trump ‘was not unusually close.’
‘The Electoral College margin was almost identical to what it was in 2016,’ McConnell pointed out.
‘If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side our democracy would enter a death spiral,’ McConnel warned. ‘We’d never see a whole nation accept an election again.’
‘Every four years there would be a scramble for power at any cost,’ he added. ‘This will lead us down a poisonous path where only the winner accepts the result.’