Sen. Ted Cruz has confronted some truthful criticisms in recent times for supporting Donald Trump, even after the previous president took the extraordinary step of going after the Texas Republican’s spouse. There’s an outdated cliché about politics not being beanbag, however the truth that a senator can be prepared to miss private assaults in opposition to his personal partner struck many observers as extraordinary.
We’re often reminded, nevertheless, that Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell is in the identical boat.
To make certain, the previous president’s marketing campaign in opposition to the Kentucky Republican has been unsubtle. Trump has gone out of his solution to assault McConnell, all however begging GOP senators to interchange the longtime lawmaker as their chief. The previous president has additionally mentioned McConnell “has a DEATH WISH” for arguing with Trump’s legislative methods, and final yr, he advised The New York Instances on the document that he contemplate McConnell to be “a chunk of s—.”
However Trump has been simply as aggressive in going after the GOP chief’s spouse, former cupboard secretary Elaine Chao, with racist taunts and doubtful allegations of corruption.
As CNN discovered this week, McConnell is ready to assist one other Trump candidacy anyway.
McConnell, who has confronted incessant assaults from Trump after he blamed the previous president for being “virtually and morally accountable” for the 2021 Capitol assault, shouldn’t be publicly letting on any issues concerning the chance that Trump might be on the highest of the GOP ticket once more. … “Look, I’m going to assist the nominee of our get together for president, regardless of who that could be,” he mentioned.
Or put one other method, even now, figuring out every part he now is aware of, after the previous president went after his personal spouse with racist taunts, McConnell remains to be open to supporting a Trump comeback bid. In actual fact, based mostly on his feedback, the Senate minority chief is totally ready to again Trump once more if he’s the selection of the get together’s main voters.
This isn’t shocking, however perhaps it needs to be.
Let’s revisit some earlier protection and evaluation how we arrived at this level. It was throughout Trump’s first yr within the White Home that the brand new president regarded to McConnell as somebody who would merely take orders and make Trump’s issues go away. When the senator tried to elucidate how authorities labored, a “profane shouting match” quickly adopted.
But it surely was after Trump’s defeat that the connection collapsed. McConnell had the audacity to settle for the outcomes of his personal nation’s elections and criticize Trump for failing to do the identical, at which level the previous president began condemning the GOP chief as a corrupt “hack.”
Issues appeared to culminate on Feb. 13, 2021, within the quick aftermath of Trump’s second impeachment trial, when McConnell delivered memorable ground remarks, condemning Trump’s “disgraceful dereliction of responsibility” on Jan. 6. The Senate minority chief added, “There isn’t a query — none — that President Trump is virtually and morally accountable for scary the occasions of that day. No query about it.”
In the identical speech, McConnell known as out Trump for his “crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole … orchestrated by an outgoing president who appeared decided to both overturn the voters’ choice or else torch our establishments on the way in which out.”
The Kentucky senator went on to lift the prospect of Trump dealing with civil and/or legal penalties for his apparent misconduct.
Two weeks later, McConnell appeared on Fox Information and was requested whether or not he’d assist Trump’s 2024 candidacy, if the previous president once more ran because the Republican nominee.
Final yr, Axios’ Jonathan Swan tried to discover this additional, asking about McConnell’s “ethical crimson traces.” The Senate minority chief didn’t appear to understand the road of inquiry.
“As a Republican chief of the Senate, it shouldn’t be a front-page headline that I’ll assist the Republican nominee for president,” mentioned McConnell, who added: “I feel I’ve an obligation to assist the nominee of my get together, and I’ll.”
When Swan pressed on, asking if there’s something Trump may probably do that may trigger the senator to withhold his assist for the previous president, McConnell, showing visibly pissed off, mentioned: “I don’t get to select the Republican nominee for president. They’re elected by the Republican voters.”
In different phrases, requested about his “ethical crimson traces,” the Kentuckian conceded that such traces successfully don’t exist, no less than insofar as electoral politics is worried.
His feedback to CNN this week dovetail properly together with his remarks from a yr in the past. McConnell will again the Republican nominee. Interval. If meaning supporting a presidential candidate who instigated an insurrectionist assault on his nation’s seat of presidency, made racist feedback about his spouse, and made vaguely threatening feedback directed on the senator personally, so be it.
The senator’s checklist of issues begins and ends with the Republican Celebration’s pursuit of energy.