As President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) collude to put on a sham impeachment trial, former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) reminded voters that there’s more than one way to defeat McConnell in 2020.
McConnell flatly told Fox News on Thursday night that he will coordinate with Trump throughout the whole process, guaranteeing that he will be acquitted regardless of the damning evidence and witness testimony against him that resulted in two articles of impeachment in the House.
It’s yet another demonstration of just how much control Trump has over the Republican Party.
During an interview on MSNBC, Frank pointed out that the party is shrinking, which is why there are only hardcore Trump supporters left. After all, there’s a reason why Trump’s approval rating among Republicans stands at 90 percent. Frank said:
“The Republican electorate — and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore.”
But that’s not good news for Trump or McConnell, who face uphill re-election campaigns next November.
McConnell is particularly vulnerable in Kentucky, where he faces a tough opponent in former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in a state that just ousted Trump-loving GOP Governor Matt Bevin. And his chances will only get worse if he doesn’t run a real impeachment trial. Frank continued, saying that:
“Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price. And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final — between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November.”
However, even if McConnell somehow survives the race, Americans can still hand him a defeat by making sure Republicans become the minority in the Senate. Frank said:
“And I think you have a number of Republican senators — you mentioned many of them — who are very much in that bind, and I will tell you I have a slogan that I am suggesting to the Democratic candidates for the Senate all over the country, ‘You don’t have to live in Kentucky to vote against Mitch McConnell.’ He doesn’t get to be majority leader unless Cory Gardener (R-Co.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and all those are re-elected and that’s where I think things are going to play out politically.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Frank makes a good point. If Republicans lose the Senate in 2020, they would become the minority, which gives Democrats the power to reverse much of the damage McConnell has caused to the institution. So, there are definitely other ways to defeat McConnell, but the best way by far is to oust him from office entirely. Kentucky voters must make that their top mission in 2020.
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