Even as a private citizen, Donald Trump is now facing down his second impeachment trial for his hand in the violent insurrection at our nation’s Capitol building perpetrated by his own rabid base of supporters. The last time around, then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was still deeply devoted to Donald Trump and their GOP agenda. So, despite Trump’s treasonous acts against this country when he tried to extort Ukraine and his impeachment in the House, he was ultimately allowed to get away with the wrongs he had done when the Senate downright refused to even take his crimes seriously.
However, Mitch McConnell no longer enjoys a majority position in the Senate, Donald Trump is no longer in a position of power, and what he’s done this time hit a whole lot closer to home for the Kentucky Senator when he found himself under a shelter-in-place to try to stay safe amid the violent insurrection. Now, it seems that McConnell has had a bit of a change of heart when it comes to his once beloved Dear Leader.
Reports have indicated lately that McConnell has no interest in protecting Trump or his interests this go-around, going so far as to encourage the Senate to “vote along their conscious,” laying the blame for the Capitol riots at Trump’s feet, and even reportedly refusing to speak to Donald Trump during his final days in office.
Now a new report from CNN says droves of influential Republicans, even some of Trump’s own former administration officials, are lobbying McConnell to follow through with fully convicting their former boss.
Sources have reportedly told CNN’s Michael Warren and Jamie Gangel that members of Trump’s administration are telling McConnell that they never want to see their former boss run for the office of the presidency again.
The report goes on to claim that Mitch also wants to see Donald Trump permanently leave politics in the wake of the violent, deadly attack on the Capitol, but is still unsure as to whether or not convicting the former President is the best way to go about accomplishing that.
One GOP Congress member claimed, “Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone. It is in his political interest to have him gone. It is in the GOP’s interest to have him gone. The question is, do we get there?”
The chances of Trump actually being convicted in the Senate are still grim. However, one GOP source tells the CNN reporters that the Republican party has realized that they cannot survive until they have removed Donald Trump from the picture entirely.
“Trump created a cult of personality that is hard to dismantle,” a former GOP official says. “Conviction could do that.”
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