McConnell Kicks Trump While He’s Down

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is increasing his attacks on former President Trump. The Senate GOP leader criticized Trump for the “candidate quality” problem that possibly cost the GOP the Senate in 2022. This is the third time since the results of the 2022 midterm elections, that McConnell has directly criticized Trump.

In the past two years, McConnell has tried to avoid engaging with Trump in any way. Still, currently, Trump is losing many supporters as polls are showing that a growing number of Republican voters are considering other possible candidates following the 2022 midterms.

A USA Today-Suffolk University poll published Tuesday showed that 61 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters would like to see a different GOP nominee for 2024. More specifically, around 56 percent of voters said they would support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), while 33 percent said that they would still choose Trump as the presidential candidate.

On Tuesday McConnell told reporters that one of the key problems they had was that they were unable to steer people in Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire to support stronger Senate candidates because of Trump. He noted that this led to quality issues with their candidates which were evident in the races in Arizona, New Hampshire and even Georgia.