US NewsMcConnell Endorses Trump for President, Sidestepping January 6th Criticisms

McConnell Endorses Trump for President, Sidestepping January 6th Criticisms

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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4:03 PM EST, March 6, 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has officially endorsed Donald Trump for the upcoming presidential race, marking a significant alignment within the GOP's top ranks despite their historically turbulent relationship. McConnell's endorsement aligns him with the leading Republican figures in Congress, solidifying Trump's position as the frontrunner against President Joe Biden in what appears to be a forthcoming 2020 rematch.

In a statement, McConnell expressed his belief that Trump has secured the necessary Republican voter support to be nominated as the President of the United States once more. "It should come as no surprise that as a nominee, he will have my support," McConnell stated, acknowledging his upcoming departure from Senate leadership in November.

McConnell praised the accomplishments achieved during Trump's presidency, highlighting tax reforms and judicial appointments, including those to the Supreme Court, as crucial victories. He expressed eagerness to shift from defense against the Biden administration's policies to an offensive strategy to improve American lives.

This endorsement comes shortly after Nikki Haley, former United Nations Ambassador and Trump's primary GOP competitor, suspended her presidential campaign without endorsing Trump.

Despite their contentious past, with repeated clashes since Trump's election in 2016, McConnell's backing of Trump was anticipated by many. His endorsement is particularly noteworthy given his previous condemnation of Trump's role in the January 6th Capitol riot. McConnell had emphatically stated Trump's moral and practical responsibility for the events of that day on the Senate floor, yet voted against convicting him in the impeachment trial, aligning with the majority of Republican senators to acquit Trump.

As McConnell endorsed Trump, X was flooded with comments on his hypocrisy and reminders of his post-6th January speech

Just a month following the trial, McConnell indicated to Fox News his willingness to support Trump as the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, signaling a complex relationship between the two leaders that combines political pragmatism with past criticism.

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