Despite having recently been called a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” by former President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday he would “absolutely” back Trump if he happens to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Some people never learn.
During an interview with Bret Baier of Fox News, according to The Hill, McConnell was asked how he saw the 2024 race shaking out, even though it’s three years away. McConnell replied:
“There’s a lot to happen between now and ’24. I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president. … Should be a wide open race.”
But would McConnell be all-in if the nominee is Trump? Yes he would, he told Baier:
“The nominee of the party? Absolutely.”
A little more than a month ago, after Trump had been acquitted by the Senate in his second impeachment trial, McConnell seemed to break with the former president, accusing him of having agitated the crowd of supporters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6:
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like.”
Of course, whether or not Trump will even run in 2024 depends on several factors, including whether or not he’s been indicted or is serving time on any number of crimes he is suspected of having committed. It will also depend on the success of President Joe Biden and his administration’s success in defeating the coronavirus and rebuilding the U.S. economy. At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Trump will be in any position to run for anything.
On Sunday, Trump will be the keynote speaker at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in Florida. He is expected to tell attendees that the 2020 election was stolen from him, a lie he’s been spouting since he lost in a landslide to Biden.
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