Mitch McConnell intent on starting a civil war inside the Republican party warned he could OPPOSE Trump-backed candidates including his own daughter-in-law Lara in favor of what he called ‘electable‘ Republicans
McConnell (R-Kentucky) said he is open to opposing any ‘unelectable’ candidates in 2022, even if they are strongly backed by Donald Trump, as he wrestles with how to handle a deeply-divided party following 7 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump.
McConnell voted on Saturday to acquit the former president, but then like the RINO Republican he’s demonstrated over the years, publicly attacked him.
The Kentucky Senator accused his former boss of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ in his most critical remarks ever uttered.
Few were impressed by his playing to both sides of the fence which had McConnel trying to walk a tightrope between defending and demonizing the former president.
Mitch McConnell told Politico that he was now focused on 2022
‘My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November,’ he said.
‘Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability.’
McConnell did not mention any names.
Candidates backed by Trump such as QAnon believer Marjorie Taylor Greene, who only entered Congress in January, have already caused him and his party significant headaches, with her previous incendiary comments.
Other candidates likely to be backed by Trump, such as his daughter-in-law Lara, expected to make a run for the Senate in 2022, could not count on McConnell’s support, he said.
‘I’m not predicting the president would support people who couldn’t win,’ McConnell said.
‘But I do think electability — not who supports who — is the critical point.’
Mitch McConnell Waiting For 2022 Election Results Before Deciding What He’ll Do In 2024
McConnell declined to say whether he would support the former president if Donald Trump seeks re-election in 2024.
‘I’m focused on ’22,’ he said.
Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican senator for West Virginia, admitted that the party was at a crucial juncture with deep divisions between loyal Trumpites and those committed, like her, to McConnell.
‘I don’t know what happens to the party as a whole in terms of the folks deeply committed to President Trump,’ she told the site.
‘But I hope they stick with us.’