Senator Mitch McConnell Would ‘Absolutely’ Support Trump If He Is Nominee In 2024
Despite the very public falling out of Senator Mitch McConnell and former president Donald Trump related to the events that unfolded during the January 6 Capitol Hill chaos, the top GOP senator committed to backing Trump should he win the Republican nomination again in 2024.
The Senate Minority Leader told “Special Report” host Bret Baier that he would “absolutely” support Trump if the former president becomes the GOP nominee once again — but noted that a lot of things could still happen between now and the next presidential elections.
“There’s a lot to happen between now and ‘24. I’ve got at least four members, I think, that are planning on running for president, plus governors and others,” McConnell said on Thursday. “There is no incumbent, [so it] should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover.”
But when asked directly if he would back Trump if he is to win the GOP nomination, McConnell responded: “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.”
Mitch McConnell says he would “absolutely” support Donald Trump in 2024 if he won the party’s nomination. pic.twitter.com/9wZvMH5ZlY
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The former president did not close his door on the possibility of throwing his hat on the 2024 presidential election — but has yet to make any firm announcement on his future political plans. Meanwhile, aside from Trump, other names being floated as potential candidates include Republican Senators Josh Hawley (Missouri), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas), as well as former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
During the interview, McConnell also said the Republican Party “is actually in very good shape” when he was asked about Trump’s assertion that the Republican Party could never be respected if leaders such as McConnell remain in charge.
“We gained seats in the House. We elected 50 Republican senators when everybody was predicting we were going to lose the Senate. The Democrats didn’t flip a single state legislature. We flipped two [and] picked up a governor,” the top senate Republican said.
“The Republican Party had a very good day on November 3,” he added. “We’re sorry we lost the White House, but the Republican Party demonstrated once again [that] this is a 50/50 nation, we are very competitive and will be competitive again in ‘22.”
Meanwhile, despite the issues hounding the GOP and Democrats speculating on a ‘civil war’ within the Republican Party, McConnell dismissed the allegations and lashed back at liberals saying the real disunity is evident among the current House Democrats.
“The progressives make it extremely difficult for Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi to operate given the narrow margin she has overall in the House,” he said.
McConnell also said the new Democratic administration under President Joe Biden is “making it easy” for Republicans to unify.
“I think the Biden administration is making it easy for us to get together. I think we’ve unified in opposition to this new administration’s extremely progressive approach. President Biden has made it quite easy for us to get together.”
McConnell went on to say that Republicans should focus first on next year’s election.
“I would say to everybody who’s inclined to support our right-of-center Republican Party, let’s focus on winning the House and the Senate in ‘22,” the Kentucky senator told Bret Baier during the show.
“That will set up the next nominee for president, whoever that may be, [with] the best chance to be victorious.”
Former president Trump said last week that he is currently ‘looking at poll numbers’ when asked whether he would run again in 2024.
Nonetheless, he is sure to play a big role in the GOP moving forward as he continues to remain popular among Republican voters. Recently, Trump also met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to discuss efforts to win the majority of the House in 2022 after Republicans were able to pick up at least 15 seats from the Democrats in last year’s election.
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