Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly signaled support for impeachment, thinking the Democrats’ move could help the GOP get rid of President Trump and his movement.
The New York Times initially claimed that McConnell was “pleased” that House Democrats had introduced articles of impeachment against Trump.
Fox News adds that multiple sources have claimed McConnell is “done” and “furious” with the President.
The Kentucky Republican, according to Fox, “told associates that impeachment will help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement.”
McConnell’s anger, according to the article, stems not only from the way President Trump handled the Capitol riots last week, but the fact that Republicans lost their majority in the Senate after the Georgia runoffs.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 13, 2021
Mitch McConnell Supports Impeachment?
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
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Pence declined, setting up an impeachment vote for Wednesday morning.
McConnell’s support of such a move, if true, is reprehensible – an impeachment vote without concern for facts or witnesses, without a defense for the President, based solely on the media’s spin on what happened at the Capitol.
You would think the Senate Majority Leader would have learned how the media and the Democrats operate over the years.
They’re stirring up anger in the country right now by claiming the President incited rioters.
Did he? When? Where? At the rally, the President told attendees to be peaceful.
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
After some in the crowd began breaking the law, the President told them to “go home” and “go in peace.”
“You have to go home now, we have to be peaceful,” Trump said in a video censored by Twitter. “We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt, it’s a very tough period of time.”
Yet the narrative has remained due to Trump’s continued insistence in the same video that the election was stolen from him, which critics have said contributed to the violence.
👀 80% of Trump voters and 76% of Republicans in Battleground states are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress/U.S. Senator who votes for impeachment.
“Mitch McConnell Said to be Pleased About Trump Impeachment Efforts – The New York Times” https://t.co/AgL9JlkqeE
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 12, 2021
How Will McConnell Vote?
Despite the Fox News report of McConnell seemingly supporting impeachment, they are quick to note that “it is unclear how McConnell would vote in an impeachment trial … It is not clear at this point whether McConnell would vote to convict.”
The Daily Mail cites GOP sources as saying there is a “better than 50/50” chance Mitch McConnell votes to convict Trump in impeachment trial because he “wants him purged from the GOP.”
Would be a hell of a legacy play for McConnell, who (well, maybe until this week) was arguably the more significant figure in conservatism from this era. His obit headline would go from “Loyally guided Trump’s agenda” to “Led the GOP’s Trump purge after Capitol insurrection.” https://t.co/rJU9BR4aIf
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 12, 2021
But it wouldn’t purge Trump and his supporters, it would simply fracture the GOP beyond repair.
Remember, it was just weeks ago that a Rasmussen survey indicated 72 percent of Republican voters want their legislators to be more like President Trump.
Not like McConnell, a wishy-washy character who bends at the whim of the media.
Last week, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) indicated he would “definitely consider” a vote to impeach President Trump or support having him removed from office through the 25th Amendment.
“If they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move, because … I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” said Sasse.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has blamed President Trump for the violent assault on the Capitol, calling it an “inevitable and ugly outcome.”@SenSasse joins us now. pic.twitter.com/bZHDKuXEWx
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2021
Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) would almost assuredly vote to convict in an impeachment trial. He was, after all, the lone Senate Republican to vote to convict Trump in the first contrived impeachment trial.
If McConnell gets on board, it’s easy to visualize a whole host of other Republicans stabbing Trump in the back and getting to the necessary 67 votes to convict.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitted in a recent ’60 Minutes’ interview that Trump running for president again is one of the motivations “that people have for advocating for impeachment.”
She added that it would be preferable to use the 25th Amendment “because it gets rid of him.”
Imagine how broken Mitch McConnell must be in order to agree with Nancy Pelosi on impeachment.