Donald Trump will soon be out of the White House. He will, however, loom over the party for years to come. With Joe Biden in control, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are trying to keep their houses in order.
Few are more clued into the thinking in DC than Jake Sherman. So it was quite notable that he recently told Mediate that Mitch McConnell and his allies in the senate are “seriously considering impeachment.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky,) has spoken out now that Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have won their Georgia Senate runoff, addressing Republicans who have vowed to oppose the certification of President-elect Joe Biden‘s election win today. McConnell will be the Senate Minority Leader now that Democrats have taken control of all three chambers of Congress.
There are more than a dozen Senators who are willing to help Donald Trump in his effort to overturn the 2020 election results. Among these are prominent GOP lawmakers like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
And while it doesn’t matter if the number is 1 or 50, it won’t change the election results. That doesn’t mean, though, that Trump isn’t angry at those senators who won’t join him in his fight.
Watching the senate, under the callous and inhumane rule of Mitch McConnell, fail to respond sufficiently and urgently to the dire suffering and needs of out-of-work Americans, largely denying their reality, brought to mind a scene from American author William Dean Howells’ 1890 novel A Hazard of New Fortunes.
It has been very obvious over the last 4 years that Donald Trump does not enjoy the job of president. It has been equally obvious, though, that Trump very much enjoys the power of the job.
And Trump has exercised that power over the last few weeks in the form of pardons for his political allies and friends. This week, however, Mitch McConnell showed Trump what real power was.
Despite pleas from the president to do so, McConnell won’t even hold a vote on a plan that would send $2,000 checks to American families. McConnell’s GOP-led senate is also set to override the president’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.
During a Wednesday night CNN appearance, historian Douglas Brinkley opined that Trump is jealous of McConnell’s power. Host Jim Acosta asked, “What is your reaction to the first senator, Josh Hawley, on the Republican side announcing he will object to the results of the election when Congress meets next week? I’m guessing, as a presidential historian, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”
“We’ve never seen anything like it, particularly with a pandemic going on. You would think the Republican Party would be united on disseminating the vaccine. But there there are two parties. There is Donald Trump and his power base, and he’s now able to see who’s a Trumpian and who’s not. And you’re starting to see jealousy towards Mitch McConnell. Donald Trump doesn’t want the idea that if Georgia goes Republican — the way to Sen. Mitch McConnell is the power broker — able to do deals with Joe Biden. Trump’s going to say ‘no deals with Biden, he’s a phony president,’ and turn to his 20 or maybe 15 senators that are pure Trump, that say no to Biden, and that way Trump will be able to continue to exert power.”
The GOP really stood behind Donald Trump for a long time considering how absurd his election fraud claims were. While a few lawmakers were willing to refer to Joe Biden as the president-elect, most gave Trump time to stew and and grieve.
But after Joe Biden was awarded 306 Electoral College votes this week, Mitch McConnell congratulated Biden and Kamala Harris on their win. And this move opened the floodgates for other Republicans to acknowledge that Trump had, in fact, lost the 2020 election.
There are still plenty of true believers in the Conservative media world willing to push Trump’s lies. One of these believers is Eric Bolling, from the Sinclair Media network. During a recent broadcast, Bolling claimed that, because of the GOP’s willingness to stop fighting, there will never be another Republican president.
“Donald Trump will be the last Republican president in my lifetime,” the host began. “He may be the last GOP president ever again.”
Bolling continued, “T
he Republican Party is in disarray. They are split between the pro-Trump wing of the party and the establishment, old-school wing. Meanwhile, the left is united, laughing all the way to the White House.”
Being a Republican in this day and age requires complete fealty to Donald Trump. To maintain the president and his supporter’s backing, one must fully aid in all of Trump’s fights no matter how ridiculous.
And to not back Trump is to immediately be attacked. Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch drew the ire of some Conservative media members after the Supreme Court refused to take up Texas AG Ken Paxton’s frivolous lawsuit.
William Barr was next in line. He’s been ripped by the likes of
President Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that voter fraud played a role in the 2020 presidential election results, insisting that there is “tremendous evidence” that the activity took place.
“There has never been anything like this in our Country!” the president claimed.
Tremendous evidence pouring in on voter fraud. There has never been anything like this in our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2020
Trump’s message came mere minutes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the first time acknowledged Joe Biden as the president-elect, capping six weeks of tensions in Washington as the president, with the help of many Republicans, mounted dubious efforts to overturn the election results.
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years,” McConnell said earlier this morning. Other Republicans soon followed suit, signaling cracks in the president’s firewall.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) congratulated President-elect Joe Biden after the electoral college certified the results of the 2020 presidential election, marking the first time that he has acknowledged his victory.
“The Electoral College has spoken, so today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden. The president-elect is no stranger to the Senate. He’s devoted himself to public service for many years,” McConnell said.
You can listen to his remarks below.
“As of this morning our country has officially a President-elect and a Vice President-elect.”⁰
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “the Electoral College has spoken,” and congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their 2020 Election win pic.twitter.com/TcYruQ1Je5
Americans have been living under a political system arguably best characterized as a tyranny of the minority for some time. Certainly, for the past four years the nation has suffered the insidious rule of a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million tallies in the 2016 election, just as the nation was hornswoggled into a devastatingly costly war—in human, financial, and geopolitical terms—and financial disaster from 2000 to 2008 by the Bush-Cheney regime, which also sneaked into office having lost the popular vote. And even when the majority vote was able to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it had to do so in the context of still-existent gerrymandered districting that meant in many cases, in down-ballot races, Republican candidates could win local elections in states that still featured an overwhelming Democratic electorate.
Senator Angus King (I-Maine) criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying he has “gotta listen” to members of the Republican Party who have called for bipartisan action on Covid-19 relief, which has stalled in the Senate since CARES Act benefits expired in July.
“We really tried to come to a middle ground and we got tired of waiting, frankly,” King told CNN earlier today. “And I don’t understand what the Majority Leader’s problem is.”
King was referencing a $908 billion stimulus proposal that was backed by 50 members of the House of Representatives from the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and sponsored by a bipartisan group of four Democrats and four Republicans. McConnell pushed back against the proposal, however, signaling support for a “skinny” stimulus.
King said McConnell has “gotta listen and I’m hoping he’s gonna listen to the members of his caucus saying, ‘Look, we need to do something. It’s urgent.” He said many Americans will suffer the consequences, losing their benefits and homes. Schools are also facing a crisis of their own, he pointed out.
“We’ve got to do something and we’ve put forward a good faith effort to make that happen,” he said.
You can watch King’s interview below.
“I don’t understand what the Majority Leader’s problem is” with the $900 billion bipartisan stimulus plan, @SenAngusKing says.
While we can repeat over and over again that Joe Biden was elected president of the United States and will be sworn into this highest office in our land next January 20, for many Americans and even media pundits, it is difficult to say the verdict is in. Nervousness persists, and it is intensely palpable. Just watch the media tracing every little movement Trump and his lawyers make in this drama; and listen as the talking heads insist Biden’s inauguration is a foregone conclusion while within the same breath often posing the question, with a slight tone of worry, “Is there anything Trump can actually do to steal the election?”
Senate Democrats have re-elected Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to be the Senate’s Democratic leader. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) have also ascended to leadership roles.
Schumer has urged his Republican colleagues to break from President Donald Trump‘s claims that the election is fraudulent.
Republican leaders in Congress should also do the right thing. Republican leaders must unequivocally condemn the president’s rhetoric and work to ensure the peaceful transfer of power on January 20. … Too many, including the Republican leader, have been silent or sympathetic to the president’s fantasies,” Schumer said from the Senate floor yesterday.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have also re-elected Senator
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won re-election in Kentucky, receiving 56.4 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Amy McGrath (D), received 39.9 percent of the vote.
McConnell was up by more than 200k votes with 67 percent of precincts reporting.
Election forecasters predicted the race would fall “likely Republican.” McConnell has held his seat his more than three decades.
“Thank you, Kentucky,” McGrath posted on Twitter earlier.
Thank you, Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/mgKbSzbDGr
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) November 3, 2020
“I’m confident that I’m going to be successful. … I’ve made my case to the people of Kentucky, I think it’s a convincing case,” McConnell said during a recent campaign stop.
Democrats had hoped McConnell’s high disapproval ratings would unseat McConnell, though he was never actually in danger of losing his seat.
In 2014, the Republican party took control of the senate. They have used that majority to wield incredible power over Democrats. The GOP led Senate was able to push through a massive tax break for the rich. They were also able to prevent Donald Trump from being impeached in early 2020.
But most importantly for the party, they’ve exerted massive influence over the Supreme Court. The Republicans successfully blocked the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. They’ve also placed three new justices, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Democrats have long eyed 2020 to regain control. While Liberals enjoyed a wave election in 2018, they weren’t able to gain control of the senate. 2020 presents a much better map for them.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has presented control of the senate as being up for grabs. He said said a recent Kentucky campaign event, “It’s a 50-50 proposition. We have a lot of exposure. This is a huge Republican class. … There’s dogfights all over the country.”
The Kentucky senator continued,
“If you look at the Democratic Party today, you ought to be frightened. We’re fighting for our way of life.”
Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Mitch MCconnell announced he will be bringing to vote in the Senate this week two stand-alone COVID-19 relief packages. On Tuesday, he will put to vote a Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses, and on Wednesday he will bring back the same $500 billion stimulus package Democrats rejected last month.
Mitch McConnell is refusing to allow the Senate to vote on a pandemic stimulus bill, but he will vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice.
Speaking to reporters in Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans have enough votes to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court later this month.
“She’ll come out of committee next Thursday … and we’ll go to the floor with her on Friday the 23rd and stay on it until we finish,” McConnell said.”We have the votes.”
In a piece for The Washington Post, regular contributor Helaine Olen writes that
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “is laughing at our nation’s suffering,” saying that his behavior in “response to the economic catastrophe that has resulted from the pandemic is full-on contempt for the suffering and needy.”