McConnell Abandons Trump in Worst Way Possible

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( – On Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and his top deputies remained silent after former President Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts. Their silence was widely considered to be further evidence of how far they have moved away from their former ally.

Many Republican Senators have claimed that Trump was partly to blame for the lackluster results of the GOP in the 2022 midterm elections when Republicans were unable to retake the Senate. GOP Senators have also questioned whether Trump is in fact capable of winning the general election in 2024, especially considering the legal trouble that he is facing which could potentially include additional charges from the Department of Justice and the Fulton County district attorney.

Trump’s arraignment on Tuesday helped add to the political baggage and legal troubles that the frontrunner for the GOP primary is carrying.

McConnell, who reportedly has not spoken with Trump since December 2020, has not made any statements regarding the arrest on Tuesday. He also did not put out a statement when news of Trump’s indictment was released.

Instead, his most recent statement was made to welcome Finland’s accession to NATO, a move which he has been a big supporter of since last year.

Al Cross, a professor of journalism at the University of Kentucky and a longtime commentator on McConnell’s career, stated that McConnell was currently not facing the same level of pressure that many other Republicans felt to support Trump.

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