So when Baier first requested McConnell about 2024, he said “I’ve received not less than 4 members that I believe are planning on operating for president, plus some governors and others. There’s no incumbent. It ought to be a wide-open race and enjoyable for you all to cowl.” However pressed immediately on his place if Trump grew to become the nominee, McConnell was crystal clear: “The nominee of the celebration? Completely.”
And that’s not simply sucking up for McConnell. The Republican Occasion and its energy is his at first concern, all the time.
“Former President Trump’s actions previous the riot have been a disgraceful dereliction of obligation,” McConnell stated after voting to acquit him.
If Trump is nominated in 2024, “completely” McConnell will help getting him right into a place the place he’ll once more have an obligation to derelict.
“The chief of the free world can not spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our nation after which feign shock when individuals imagine him and do reckless issues,” McConnell stated.
However the Republican chief within the Senate can and can again a nominee who he is aware of for a reality will do precisely that, apparently. McConnell has advised us that Trump incited an revolt, however he’s prepared to topic the nation to that once more out of loyalty to his celebration. McConnell might imagine he’s swearing loyalty now as a result of he has a deal with on issues and received’t ever must comply with via on supporting Trump. He could not. However he’s additionally displaying that, as Kerry Eleveld not too long ago wrote, he doesn’t realize the Republican Party as he knew it is dead. McConnell thinks he can reconsolidate his management, however all he’s finished not too long ago is comply with the extremists of his celebration.