After Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, then invited an insurrection, the two leaders of the party had very different reactions. Kevin McCarthy talked tough at first, then went down to Mar-a-Lago to grovel.
Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, always saw Trump as a useful idiot. And once that usefulness came to an end, the senate minority leader was more than happy to cut bait with the man who placed 3 Conservative Justices on the Supreme Court.
Trump has had plenty to say about McCon since being out of office. The Kentucky senator, though, rarely talks about the former President in hopes to move the party away from them. The relationship is so frosty, in fact, that the two men haven’t spoken since December of 2020.
Michael Warren and Sara Murray report, “McConnell and Trump haven’t spoken since Dec. 15, 2020, when the then-President was focused on changing the outcome of the 2020 election.”
Things aren’t likely to get better anytime soon. Following the insurrection, McConnell remarked, “Former President Trump’s actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty. Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”
Conservative pundit and former McConnell aide Scott Jennings explained, “For McConnell], there really is no emotional attachment to people, there’s no, you know, ego, you know it’s not visceral for him. It is a raw question of strategy and tactics and how do we get from where we are today to having an outright majority.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.