Former President Donald Trump shook up the usual order in Republican politics. Now, one long-standing Senator is watching his support evaporate in the midst of such a shift.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s approval rating stands at only 34%, the Washington Examiner reported. The Kentucky Republican has been the target of frequent attacks from Trump over his unwillingness to stand firm against Democrats.
A Gallup poll earlier this month had McConnell ranked at the very bottom of a list against 11 federal leaders. His public approval is worse than even the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Vice President Kamala Harris.
This may be because Trump and other Republicans have felt that McConnell didn’t push back enough against Democrats’ efforts to raise the debt ceiling. Though it couldn’t have been a winning issue for the GOP, McConnell instead struck a deal with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to finagle the issue using a bill that sought to avoid cuts in Medicare, Fox News reported.
Many Republicans, including Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), were unhappy with such a conciliation that required nothing of the tax-and-spend Democrats who increased the debt in the first place. “I think all of my colleagues view it through that lens that this is a hard vote where both votes – either vote is wrong and either vote is right,” Cramer told the news outlet.
“If we had something that 40 or 45 senators could vote for, that would be great,” he added. “But we’re confronted with a crap sandwich, you know, and I’d rather have a hamburger.”
McConnell also did not support Trump in his insistence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him. Moreover, McConnell seems to support the Jan. 6 commission that many feel is simply out to get Republicans rather than investigate the circumstances that led to the incursion at the U.S. Capitol.
Republicans are tired of watching their elected leaders sidle up to Democrats and make awful concessions without any apparent advantage gained. Before Trump, GOP voters would just take it — but not anymore.