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 August 1, 2023

Trump suggests McConnell should step aside, calls for fresh GOP leadership

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) raised eyebrows last week after a very embarrassing moment on live television when he suddenly froze, mid-sentence, and seemed to lose track of his existence. 

The elderly senator drew fresh concerns from high-profile members of the Republican Party, including former President Donald Trump, who called the situation "sad."

Trump also suggested that McConnell should probably hang it up and pass the torch to a younger, more ambitious and able leader in the GOP, from which there are many to choose. Trump made the statement during an exclusive Breitbart interview.

The former president, who had a public falling out with the Senate GOP leader, noted that the situation was unfortunate for McConnell, personally, but proceeded to torch him on a political level.

"I thought it was sad," Trump said after he was asked if he'd watched the video clip of McConnell's very senior moment.

"At the same time, I think it’s a shame he went so far out to give Green New Deal money to Biden and Democrats. He got 10 people to vote because they needed 10 people, and he got 10 people to vote on numerous occasions for trillions of dollars. I think that’s a shame. But that was too bad. That was a sad thing to see."

Trump added, "He had a bad fall, I guess, and probably an after-effect of that. But it was also sad that he gave trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars to the Democrats to waste on the Green New Deal, destroying our oceans and destroying our great, beautiful vistas and plains all over our country with windmills that are very expensive energy."

"So that’s a very sad thing also," Trump continued.

The 45th president was asked by Breitbart about the future of GOP leadership in the Senate, and if he believes the upper chamber needs new leadership.

"We have to have that," Trump replied, echoing calls from others.

"No, we have to have that. We have some people in the Senate that are fantastic and would be great at that position. But it’s just amazing he [McConnell] would do that — but at the same time, I hope he’s well," he added.

McConnell, who has already raised alarms over previous health incidents, likely only won reelection last time around because of Trump's endorsement. Now that he won't get that, coupled with his health and age issues, this could certainly be his last years in the upper chamber.

Only time will tell what happens, but McConnell cannot politically afford another public medical issue.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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