Mitch McConnell says he WOULD support Donald Trump if he wins party nomination in 2024 – despite ex-president calling him ‘unsmiling hack’
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday night he would ‘absolutely’ back former President Donald Trump in 2024
- McConnell was asked by Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier if he would back Trump if the ex-president became the party’s nominee
- McConnell said yes, but also said it ‘should be a wide-open race’ pointing out that ‘there’s no incumbent’
- The Kentucky Republican had been asked about comments made by Sen. Mitt Romney who said if Trump runs in three years he’ll win the GOP nomination
McConnell, who Trump referred to earlier this month as an ‘dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,’ was interviewed by Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, who asked the Kentucky Republican if he believed Trump would win the party’s nomination in three years.
‘There’s no incumbent,’ McConnell said. ‘Should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover.’
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Channel Thursday night that he would ‘absolutely’ support former President Donald Trump if the ex-president became the GOP nominee in 2024
Former President Donald Trump, captured golfing in Florida on Thursday, called House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a ‘dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack’
McConnell also pointed out that a ‘lot could happen’ before the presidential primaries kick off.
‘I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president, plus some governors and others,’ he said.
Republicans Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton have all been floated as potential GOP presidential candidates.
McConnell was asked about comments made by Sen. Mitt Romney.
‘I don’t know if he’ll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,’ Romney said.
Baier then asked McConnell if he’d support Trump if the ex-president became the nominee of the party.
‘The nominee of the party?’ McConnell repeated. ‘Absolutely.’
The semi-endorsement comes as Trump and McConnell are still in a public tiff.
On the day of the January 6 insurrection, McConnell gave a floor speech asking senators not to challenge the Electoral College results, as President Joe Biden was the winner.
While McConnell voted for Trump’s acquittal on the impeachment charges earlier this month, he immediately took to the floor to lambaste the former commander-in-chief and hold him responsible.
‘It was obvious that only President Trump could end this,’ he said.
‘He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed, and order restored,’ McConnell continued. ‘Instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily as the chaos unfolded.’
‘He kept pressing his scheme to overturn the election,’ the Kentucky Republican added.
Former President Donald Trump, pictured at his West Palm Beach golf club, said Senate Republicans will not win if McConnell remains leader, and called the Kentucky Republican a number of nasty adjectives
Trump hit back by releasing a statement going after McConnell, saying Senate Republicans will not win if he remains leader, and called him a number of nasty adjectives.
‘He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country,’ Trump said in a statement. ‘Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First,’ the former president warned.
Still, on Fox, McConnell denied that the GOP was in a civil war.
He pointed to House Democrats instead, suggesting they were split between moderates and progressives, making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s job more difficult than his.
‘I think the Biden administration is making it easy for us to get together and I think we’ve unified in opposition to this new administration’s extremely progressive approach,’ McConnell added. ‘President Biden has made it quite easy for us to get together.’