Mitch McConnell Responds; Says Trump Isn’t The Future Of The Republican Party

After Donald Trump again lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, McConnell lashed back. He declared that his party is focusing on the future — and he made clear that Trump is not it.

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Mitch McConnell appeared on Fox News on Thursday, where he was asked about Donald Trump’s recent attacks on him. He implied that the former president is no longer relevant, though Trump continues to involve himself, endorsing candidates and attacking current elected officials. McConnell declared Senator Tim Scott, the South Carolina Republican who gave the GOP response to Joe Biden’s address, to be the future of the Republican party — strongly hinting that Trump is, in comparison, “the past.”

Trump and McConnell have carried out this low-key public feud at least since McConnell refused to support Trump’s lies about the Georgia elections. McConnell’s response comes shortly behind the former president’s declaration that the Senate Minority Leader “has not done a good job” and his call for Republicans to replace him.

However, McConnell’s dismissal of Trump as irrelevant represents a significant party shift. Many Republican leaders are still describing Trump as the true face of the Republican party, and GOP hopefuls still seek out his nomination.

Trump has continued to suggest that he might run for office again, although he’s recently begun to admit that the job is highly stressful and to suggest that it might be too much to do another round. If Republicans in leadership positions, such as Mitch McConnell, are beginning to reframe Trump as ‘the past’ and not a viable future option, it’s a big change in a few short months.

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