It’s been a long time coming for Mitch McConnell, but the well-seasoned politician appears to be jumping off the Trump Train about as quickly as he can.
The Senate Majority Leader is breaking with President Trump over the events of January 6th, in which a riotous mob stormed the US Capitol and ransacked the place. The stark imagery of the insurrection is all that we’ve seen on our televisions of late, and talk of Trump’s imminent impeachment are ongoing.
As it turns out, this pleases Mitch McConnell.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking. The House is voting on Wednesday to formally charge Mr. Trump with inciting violence against the country.
Others are pondering a more direct approach, it seems.
At the same time, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader and one of Mr. Trump’s most steadfast allies in Congress, has asked other Republicans whether he should call on Mr. Trump to resign in the aftermath of the riot at the Capitol last week, according to three Republican officials briefed on the conversations.
While Mr. McCarthy has said he is personally opposed to impeachment, he and other party leaders have decided not to formally lobby Republicans to vote “no,” and an aide to Mr. McCarthy said he was open to a measure censuring Mr. Trump for his conduct. In private, Mr. McCarthy reached out to a leading House Democrat to see if the chamber would be willing to pursue a censure vote, though Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ruled it out.
Mitch and McCarthy may very well be reading the tea leaves here, as the reaction to the Capitol attack turns ever more harsh by the day.
Furthermore, radical Republican lawmakers who are continuing to maintain the President’s message on the 2020 election look to be tearing the GOP apart. McConnell and other long-haulers may just be trying to get out ahead of any further fallout.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.