Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was one of Donald Trump’s fiercest supporters since Trump took office in 2017.
However, that partnership appears to be completely broken, as McConnell reportedly told his GOP colleagues on Wednesday that he’s undecided about whether he’ll vote to convict President Trump of accusations brought by Democrats seeking to destroy the President once and for all.
According to a memo sent to his GOP colleagues obtained by The Hill on Wednesday, McConnell took a decidedly different tone in regard to the impending impeachment fight than he did in 2019’s impeachment. “While the press has been full of speculation, I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell wrote.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that McConnell agreed with Democrats that Trump committed an impeachable offense for his alleged role in the riots that took place at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Breitbart reported on Wednesday that “a Republican strategist told The Associated Press the GOP leader believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and considers the Democrats’ impeachment drive an opportunity to reduce the divisive, chaotic president’s hold on the GOP.”
Mitch McConnell, along with dozens of other Republicans have taken the opportunity presented by the riots to turn their backs on President Trump after years of defending him from the Democrat assault.
Though many GOP politicians believe that condemning Trump is the way to calm tensions and move on from the chaos of the past four years, Trump’s voters are unlikely to view the flood of GOP betrayals in a positive light.
According to pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates, Trump voters are furious with Representatives and Senators that are supporting the rushed and clearly politically-motivated impeachment.
Breitbart reported that McLaughlin’s survey conducted ahead of Wednesday’s House impeachment vote found that “80 percent of Trump voters and 76 percent of Republicans indicated that they are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes in favor of impeaching Trump.”
Additionally, nearly 75 percent of all voters believe this second impeachment is politically motivated, and 65 percent of respondents said that President-elect Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are “making this worse and keeping the country divided” with their relentless attacks on Trump.
Republicans supporting impeachment may feel good about signaling to the world that they’re on the “right side of history,” but it could cause some major problems for them once they ask their constituents to re-elect them in the coming years.