Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that he would oppose some pro-Trump Republican candidates because they may not be “electable.”
The Kentucky senator told Politico that his focus was on winning in 2022 and if that meant opposing candidates aligned with President Trump’s platform, then so be it.
“My goal is, in every way possible, to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win in November,” McConnell said Monday.
“Some of them may be people the former president likes. Some of them may not be. The only thing I care about is electability.”
McConnell excoriated Trump and the MAGA movement on Saturday after he was acquitted in a 57-43 vote by the Senate for incitement, arguing that he was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day, no questions about it.”
“President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he’s in office,” said McConnell, hinting at a future criminal investigation against the former President. “He didn’t get away with anything yet.”
McConnell’s comments come amid a growing rift within the RINO faction of the Republican Party over how to deal with Trump’s loyal base and the future of the party.
Last week, Trump’s former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley also betrayed Trump, saying she regretted ever having ever supported him.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said Friday. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
But establishment GOP leader Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) pushed back against Haley, saying that Trump was the “most vibrant member of the Republican Party.”
“The Trump movement is alive and well…all I can say is that the most potent force in the Republican Party is President Trump,” he said Sunday.
It will be interesting to see where the alliances within the GOP leadership fall once Trump announces a 2024 presidential run.