Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says there’s no crime that former President Donald Trump could be charged with that would keep him from casting his ballot for the ex-president should he run in the 2024 election.
Speaking with Jonathan Swan of Axios, McConnell was asked about his “moral red lines.”
“Help me understand this. I watched your speech last year in February on the Senate floor after the second impeachment vote for Donald Trump.
“How do you go from saying that to two weeks later saying you’d absolutely support Donald Trump if he’s the Republican nominee in 2024?”
“Well, as the Republican leader of the Senate, it should not be a front-page headline that I will support the Republican nominee for president.”
A clearly flabbergasted Swan told the senator:
“After you said that about him, I think it’s astonishing!”
But McConnell calmly remarked:
“I think I have an obligation to support the nominee of my party.”
“Is there anything they could do?”
Rather than back away from his earlier comments, McConnell doubled down:
“Well, that will mean that whoever the nominee is has gone out and earned the nomination.”
Once more the Axios reporter expressed disbelief:
“You seem to hold two concurrent conflicting positions!”
To that, McConnell offered yet another rationalization:
“Not at all inconsistent, I stand by everything I said. Because I don’t get to pick the Republican nominee for president. They’re elected by the Republican voters all over the country.”
Swan continued to press, asking:
“It’s not a gotcha. I’m actually trying to understand. Is there any threshold for you?”
Seemingly irritated that he was being asked to justify his support for Trump no matter what, McConnell told Swan:
“You know, I say many things I’m sure people don’t understand.”
Here’s what we don’t understand, Mitch: You said on the floor of the Senate that Trump was partially responsible for the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and yet now you tell us you’d still cast a ballot for him if he manages to earn the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
Have you no shame, man?!
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