John Heilemann Says McConnell’s Anti-Trump Speech Signaled the End of the Republican Party
On Saturday, four Republicans (Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse, Lisa Murkowski) who were expected to vote against Donald Trump did just that. But three others (Bill Cassidy, Pat Toomey, Richard Burr) surprised many by voting to convict the 45th President.
Mitch McConnell, who hinted that he might be voting to convict, decided against doing so. The Senate Majority Leader, however, made a speech ripping into Trump and his actions. On Monday John Heilemann predicted that this speech could signal the end of the Republican party.
Donald Trump destroyed the Republican majority in the House, Senate, and their control of the White House. The vote to turn a blind eye to the instigation of sedition, cop killing, and treason will forever haunt their party and lead to their collapse.
Remember this day.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 13, 2021
The MSNBC contributor said on Morning Joe:
“I think the biggest surprise of the day was not that McConnell voted to acquit but was the fact that McConnell voted to acquit and went out and gave that rather extraordinarily cynical speech immediately thereafter. You know, I know you guys talked about the balancing act, the politics of that, but it is was the most stunning thing of the day in some respects, seeing Mitch McConnell, really you could see the wheels turning in Mitch McConnell’s head all the time, trying to calculate it at all times which is the way in which he thinks is the best path back to power for himself and for Senate Republicans and that’s how he played it out. He tried to play both sides of the issue. whether that will end up working for him and Senate Republicans in the long run, I don’t know.”
Heilemann concluded, “Joe (Scarborough) is not here this morning but, you know, his conclusion at the end of this all on Saturday was this is really — this may mark the end of the Republican Party. I think this is a good case it could be true.”