McConnell explains pledge to support Trump if he receives 2024 GOP nod

In a potentially pivotal declaration concerning the 2024 presidential contest, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has reiterated his intention of supporting former President Donald Trump in another bid for the White House, should he secure the GOP nomination, despite what has, at times, appeared to be an intractable feud between the two, as Axios reports.

The news came out of a recent sit-down the Republican leader had with the outlet’s Jonathan Swan in which he was asked to explain the apparent contradiction between remarks he made about Trump during his second impeachment and the stance he currently claims to hold with regard to a possible future candidacy, which he expressed to Fox News back in February.

“Help me understand this,” Swan began. “I watched your speech last year in February on the Senate floor after the second impeachment vote for Donald Trump.”

“You spoke very powerfully against the most powerful figure in the party, the president. And you said Donald Trump’s actions preceding the January 6 insurrection were a – quote – disgraceful dereliction of duty and that he was practically morally responsible, your words, for provoking the events of that day,” Swan continued.

The journalist from Axios then asked McConnell to reconcile those sentiments with his recent pledge to support Trump should he be the Republican nominee in the next presidential cycle, a request to which McConnell replied, “I think I have an obligation to support the nominee of my party. That will mean that whoever the nominee is has gone out and earned the nomination.”

“It’s not at all inconsistent. I stand by everything I said about January 6 and everything on February 13,” McConnell said, adding, “I don’t get to pick the Republican nominee for president. They’re elected by the Republican voters all over the country.”

McConnell’s attitude regarding a potential Trump run in 2024 may be surprising to some, particularly in light of the war of words that has been raging between the two since Trump left the White House early last year, with the former president blasting the GOP leader as a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only) and declaring him a “Broken Old Crow” whose “incompetence” was playing right into President Joe Biden’s free-spending hands.

For his part, McConnell was reportedly doing what he could to undermine Trump’s attempts to serve as kingmaker in a number of Senate primary races, with the New York Times suggesting that the Kentucky lawmaker was hoping to prevent “goofballs” endorsed by the former president from prevailing.

Though Trump has spent months teasing the possibility of another run for the White House, he has yet to make any formal announcement of a decision, and as such, it remains to be seen whether all of the hubbub about McConnell’s take on the matter will have any practical relevance in the end.