Former President Donald Trump has spoken recently with Republican senators and political allies about ousting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from leadership and is gauging whether there is any interest among lawmakers for a possible challenge, according to The Wall Street Journal.
There appears to be little support for such a drastic move, according to the report, but Trump’s actions could potentially morph into a larger issue for the party. Trump and McConnell worked together to fill scores of federal court vacancies with conservative jurists, along with passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and other GOP priorities.
After Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the riot, McConnell declined to find the president guilty, but sharply rebuked him on the Senate floor. Later, McConnell said he would support Trump in 2024 if he were the GOP nominee.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the rift between Trump and McConnell has grown to the point where the former president is now actively working to get McConnell bounced as Republican leader when his current term is up at the beginning of 2023. The Journal reports that Trump is asking around about whether any Republicans would be interested in mounting a challenge.
The report states: “Mr. Trump has spoken recently with senators and allies about trying to depose Mr. McConnell and whether any Republicans are interested in mounting a challenge, according to people familiar with the conversations.”
“There is little appetite among Senate Republicans for such a plan, lawmakers and aides said, but the discussions risk driving a wedge deeper between the most influential figure in the Republican Party and its highest-ranking member in elected office. In a recent interview, Trump told the Journal that Republicans should jettison McConnell from the post he’s held for 15 years. ‘They ought to,’ Trump said. ‘I think he’s very bad for the Republican Party.’”
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