To say Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has fallen out of favor with millions of Republican voters, especially those who support former President Donald Trump, would be a gross understatement.
However, according to The Hill, it doesn’t appear as if McConnell is concerned about how he polls with the non-establishment Republican base, as he issued a condemnation this week against the Republican National Committee (RNC) for its censuring of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Liz Cheney (R-WY).
McConnell doubled down on the situation and decided to go along with Democrats’ narrative in describing the Jan. 6 Capitol protest as a “violent insurrection,” defending both Kingzinger and Cheney for their view on the situation.
“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. … That’s what it was,” the Kentucky Republican said.
McConnell’s bold choice of words came in the wake of RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slamming Cheney and Kinzinger for their actions on the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, saying the two Republicans were helping to prosecute Americans who were “engaged in legitimate political discourse.”
The Senate Republican leader clarified that he wasn’t attacking McDaniel and expressed his faith in her ability to lead the RNC, but he clearly rebuked the RNC for taking action against the two anti-Trump Republican lawmakers.
MITCH MCCONNELL: “Traditionally the view…is that we support all members of our party…The issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC.” pic.twitter.com/uSGagDapyC
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) February 8, 2022
“This issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That’s not the job of the RNC,” McConnell said of the censure resolution.
Only time will tell what happens to the small anti-Trump regiment within the Republican Party, but if polls and general voter sentiment mean anything, their political futures are not looking so bright.