GOP is Courting Manchin After He Kills Build Back Better Bill in Attempt to Take Senate Majority

Republicans are currently courting Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) after he rang the death knell for President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which would have been the Biden administration’s most substantial public policy victory.

GOP senators have told Manchin they would welcome him into their caucus if he switched his political allegiances. Although Manchin has given no indication he might flip, Republicans know that they can take the Senate majority if they successfully woo him. Currently, the Senate is evenly split, with Democrats only having the majority via Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaker.

Leading the efforts to woo Manchin is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Republicans would welcome Manchin with open arms.

“He feels like a man alone. If he were to join us he would be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues,” McConnell said this week.

Earlier this week, Manchin

it back at Democrats,  read more

Kentucky’s Dem. Governor Andy Beshear Warns Schools Officials Who Want to Skirt Mask Mandate

Right now, the South is on fire with Delta variant COVID cases. And most of those states are run by Republican governors. And leaders like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Texas’ Greg Abbott and Tennessee’s Bill Lee are doing next to nothing to protect the children of their state.

In fact, DeSantis has been threatening school leaders who even think about issuing mask mandates in school. Kentucky, despite being a red state, has a Democratic governor in Andy Beshear.

And like most Democratic governors, Beshear is doing everything he can to keep kids safe. And unlike his counterparts, he’s warning school officials who try to skirt mask rules.

The governor said during a press conference, “When someone gets hurt, and they will, if you’re refusing to do the right thing, good luck. I think you’ll be held accountable.”

Beshear continued, “

Those that are criticizing, none of them talk about how serious the virus is. None of them are talking about how serious the delta variant is. None of them are talking about hospitalizations, and none of them, when they get a microphone, are saying ’please … get vaccinated.’ That means they’re sowing at least misinformation or confusion.” read more

Trump Slams McConnell as “Overrated” Ahead of Infrastructure Bill’s Passage

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), criticizing him for supporting a bipartisan infrastructure package that is set to the pass the Senate.

“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,” Trump wrote in a statement. “I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics—now I don’t have to be quiet anymore.” read more

GOP Leaders Are Worried That Trump Favorite Herschel Walker Needs to Be Replaced in Georgia

The relationship between Herschel Walker and Donald Trump goes back a long time. When Walker was a football star coming out of college, Trump gave him a massive contract to sign with his New Jersey Generals. And since then the men have been close.

Prior to joining the Generals, Walker starred at the University of Georgia. So naturally, Trump thinks he would be the perfect candidate to win back a Georgia senate seat. The rest of the GOP, however, isn’t so sure.

Walker has some troubling issues in his past including a report that he threatened violence against his ex-wife. The former football player also has no political experience.

So Mitch McConnell, who only care about winning, is considering other options. According to CNN, “

McConnell, who has privately expressed his deep concerns with Walker’s potential candidacy, met this summer with Loeffler and Perdue. He is also meeting this week with another potential candidate — former Trump national security official Latham Saddler — according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said that McConnell is likely to meet with other candidates as well.” read more

McConnell Claims to Want to Boost Vaccination Rates by Countering Misinformation

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he aims to boost vaccination rates across the United States by countering misinformation, per Reuters. This misinformation appears to be most prevalent in Republican-dominated states.

The news comes a day after McConnell blamed President Joe Biden for the stagnant vaccination rates nationwide despite the conservative-led efforts, such as via Fox News programming, that have eroded trust in Covid-19 vaccines.

McConnell claimed that Biden inherited a successful vaccination program from former President Donald Trump, though he did not mention the initial slow progress of the vaccination campaign.

“And after the Biden administration was very eager to claim ownership and spike the football on the vaccination trajectory which they largely inherited from Republican leadership, we’ve now seen vaccination rates in many places plateau on what this White House has been insisting is their watch,” he said in remarks on the Senate floor.

“This turn toward pessimism is especially stunning and especially sad because President Biden took office with wind at his back,” he added.

“Things were set up for a roaring success like no other presidential transition in recent memory thanks in large part to Operation Warp Speed set up by the prior Congress and administration we had multiple safe and effective vaccines that were beginning to circulate widely through the country.” read more

Opinion: Will “Enough Is Enough” Politics Eclipse Dems’ Futile Hopes for Bi-Partisanship?

“Folks [are] supposed to have common sense.”

These are the now well-known words of Alabama’s Republican Governor Kay Ivey when she called out those hesitant or downright resistant to getting vaccinated, declaring that “it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.” read more

McConnell: GOP Won’t Vote to Raise Debt Ceiling

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Democrats that the GOP will not vote to raise the debt ceiling. McConnell said that Democrats should to include the spending hike in an infrastructure bill that they can pass along party lines.

“I can’t imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling after what we’ve been experiencing,” McConnell  read more

Mitch McConnell Admits the ‘Era of Bipartisanship is Over’

Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives.

They hold a narrow majority in the Senate.

They have the White House.

And up until last week, they actually believed they could make common cause with republicans for the good of the republic.

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell said the quiet part out loud during the two-week July 4 congressional recess when he returned to Kentucky and admitted to NBC Newsthe era of bipartisanship on this stuff is over.

The “this stuff” he refers to is the “American Jobs Plan,” which seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissionsaddress racial and economic disparities that lead to higher pollution in communities of color, distribute electric car charging stations across the country, and create tens of thousands of well-paying union jobs transitioning the country away from fossil fuels.

McConnell had tapped West Va. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to be the republican point person to negotiate with the Biden administration.

The original spending proposal for the package was $2.3 trillion.

Then the administration, in a good-faith effort to “reach across the aisle,” decreased it to $1.7 trillion.

Negotiations with Moore Capito resulted in House Democrats offering to reduce the amount even further–to $547 billion.

Despite not voting for it, McConnell boasted to his constituents about the amount their state is going receive:

“So you’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it, but you’re going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700-800 million. If you add up the total amount that’ll come into our state: $4 billion…. So my advice to members of the legislature and other local officials: Spend it wisely because hopefully this windfall doesn’t come along again…. We’ve floated entirely too much money.”

McConnell, in Kentucky, talks Biden's $1.9T Covid relief law: "It passed on a straight party line vote… So you're going to get a lot more money. I didn't vote for it, but you're going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700-800 million." read more

Say What? Mitch McConnell Says He’s “Perplexed” Over Republican Vaccine Hesitancy

Mitch McConnell Trump impeachment trial

COVID-19 was never meant to be partisan issue. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit while Donald Trump was still in office. And fearing that the fallout could affect his reelection chances, Trump chose to politicize the issue.

Joining the former president in pushing COVID disinfo were cable networks like Fox, Newsmax and OAN. In addition, politicians like Rand Paul, Marjorie Ron Johnson and Madison Crawthorn have made is so their constituents were less likely to get inoculated.

When Mitch McConnell was asked about vaccine hesitancy among Republicans on Thursday, he acted surprised. He told reporters, “I’m perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed.”

It’s not hard to see, though, why Republicans may be confused about the inoculation. Rand Paul, the other senator from McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, has been a major pusher of COVID disinformation. Paul, who contracted COVID early in the pandemic, has said that he will not be vaccinated.

This wasn’t the only news the senate minority leader made on Thursday. He also talked about checking Joe Biden in 2022. McConnell told reporters,

“What I want you to know is if I become the majority leader again it’s not for stopping everything. It’s for stopping the worst. It’s for stopping things that fundamentally push the country into a direction that at least my party feels is not a good idea for the country. And I could make sure Biden makes his promise … to be a moderate.” read more

“He Actually Loves Our Programs”: Watch as Joe Biden Mocks Obstructionist Mitch McConnell

When he first took office, Joe Biden promised to make a good faith effort to work with Republicans. And that effort has been made on numerous occasions over Biden’s first few months in office.

Mitch McConnell, though, has often urged his senators against working with the president or supporting his legislation. This is the same kind of obstructionist behavior the senate minority leader was so fond of during Barack Obama‘s time in office.

On Wednesday, Biden chided McConnell for highlighting the details of his infrastructure package without actually supporting it. McConnell said at a recent event in Kentucky, “Not a single member of my party voted for it. So, you’re going to get a lot more money. I didn’t vote for it. But you’re going to get a lot more money. Cities and counties in Kentucky will get close to $700 [million] or $800 million. If you add up the total amount that will come into our state, $4 billion, that’s twice what was sent in last year.”

When asked about those comments, Biden replied, “Mitch McConnell loves our programs. You see what Mitch McConnell said? He told me he wasn’t going to get a single vote in order to allow me to get, with the help of everybody here, that $1.9 trillion … program for economic growth. Look it up, man. He’s bragging about it in Kentucky.”

McConnell and Biden, despite their political differences are long-time friends. But Biden’s strategy of pointing out the benefits to McConnell’s constituents is a smart one.

Watch the exchange below:

Reporter: "McConnell says you're in for a heck of a fight on this one."

President Biden: "Mitch McConnell loves our programs."

— The Hill (@thehill)

July 7, 2021 read more

Lincoln Project Mocks Trump, Declares McConnell Leader of GOP in New Ad

The Lincoln Project has released a new ad mocking former President Donald Trump for his beef with Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (D-Ky.) and declared McConnell the actual leader of the Republican Party.

“Does Mitch call the shots now, Donald?” the narrator of the ad asks. “He says he runs the Republican party, the party you built. He’s the boss now. He’s even taking shots at you.”

“When did Mitch overpower you?” the narrator asks following a clip of McConnell blaming Trump for inciting an insurrection against Congress read more

Mitch McConnell Explains Why Joe Biden Would be His Desert Island Democratic President

Biden speaks at news conference

Joe Biden has spent the vast majority of his adult life in the United States senate. He was first elected to office in 1973 when he was just 31 years old. And the only years since then that he didn’t spend working with other senators were the 4 years Donald Trump was president.

And during that time, Biden was known for his relationships with Republican lawmakers. He had a famous friendship with John McCain. And Biden was apparently even able to develop a very strong relationship with Mitch McConnell.

During a Tuesday event at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, McConnell paid the current president high praise. The senate minority leader was asked, “You’re stranded on a desert island and you can only have one companion. Your choices are Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton or

Jimmy Carter read more

He Blew It For Our Country: Trump Releases a Statement Blasting Mitch McConnell

Following the January 6th insurrection, both Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell blasted Donald Trump for his role in the attack. They know have different takes on the matter.

McCarthy famously went down to Mar-a-Lago, kissed Trump’s ring, and he now backs the former president no matter what. McConnell has never changed course on the issue. In fact, a new book by Jon Karl reports that the Kentucky senator urged Barr to issue a statement about the election. Today Trump blasted McConnell, saying he blew it for the country.

McConnell reportedly told Barr, “

Look, we need the president in Georgia. And so we cannot be frontally attacking him right now. But you’re in a better position to inject some reality into this situation. You are really the only one who can do it.” read more

WATCH: Mitch McConnell Says Voter Suppression Doesn’t Exist in Any US State

At this point in time, Republicans have realized that their platform is not very popular. There is a clear reason why they have stopped talking ideas and have gone all the way in on the culture war.

No leader has ever tried to suppress the vote quite like Donald Trump did. He even had his Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, sabotage the postal service to make it harder for people to vote by mail.

And since Joe Biden‘s victory in November, Red states have committed to making it even harder for people to vote. There have already been 22 news laws aimed at making it harder for people to exercise their franchise.

But to hear Mitch McConnell tell it, voter suppression is a completely fabricated Democratic idea. The senate minority leader discussed the topic during a Thursday appearance on Fox News.

Host Mike Emanuel gave McConnell an obvious setup by asking, “The voting rights bill only got 50 yes votes it needed 60. It wasn’t even close to passing. Was this a messaging bill all along?”

The senate minority leader answered, “ Well, I think so. And if the president wants to keep on talking about it, we would like to keep on talking about it, too. Because there is no voter suppression going on in any state in America. And the bill they were trying to pass would have taxpayer dollars spent on political campaigning. Would turn the federal election commission from a judge into a prosecutor. In other words, make it unbalanced. And prevent photo I.D. At the polls, something supported by 80% of Americans. So, if the president wants to keep on talking about this bill, so do we.”

Watch a clip of the segment below:

Mitch McConnell tells Fox News, there is now voter suppression going on in any state in America.

— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) June 25, 2021 read more

Nicolle Wallace: If Democrats Can’t End the Filibuster, the Political Wins in 2020 Will Be for Nothing

Nicolle Wallace

In the 6 years he was the senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell wielded his power with an iron fist. He laughed at the idea of bipartisanship. He placed radical right-wing judges in lifetime appointments. The Kentucky senator even blocked the senate from even having a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

McConnell was willing to play rough when he had the chance. Some Democratic lawmakers prefer to take the perceived high road. And if they continue to do so, says Nicolle Wallace, all their big wins from 2020 will be for naught.

Wallace told fellow anchor Ari Melber on Tuesday, “So, all I have is history in my own reporting on this. And history shows Mitch McConnell obliterated the filibuster to push through judges his power rose in his caucus and his political power rose in his state.”

The MSNBC host continued:

“The idea that there is political peril of leaving [the filibuster] in place. There is political peril of Democrats going out to voters in two years and saying, ‘Guns? I know, we have 80 percent of the public crying for something of the epidemic of mass shootings. But we can’t get through the filibuster. Infrastructure we have to go small because Joe Manchin wanted it to be bipartisan. Voting rights, yeah, I am sorry the dropbox that you left your ballots in the middle of the pandemic,fini’.I think they are choosing between bad and worse. Today the worse is leaving the filibuster in place.” read more

McConnell on Whether He’ll Welcome Trump’s Involvement in Midterm Elections: “Well, He Has His Own Agenda”

Speaking to Fox News, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) evaded the question of whether he would “welcome” former President Donald Trump’s involvement come midterm elections in 2022.

“Well, he has his own agenda,” McConnell said of Trump, before proceeding to criticize the Biden administration.

“And my view is we’re going to focus on this administration and the future, what they’re trying to do to the country, and make it a referendum in the fall of ’22 on how people feel about this new government they narrowly elected while they continue a 50-50 Senate and a close score over in the House,” he said.

You can hear McConnell’s remarks in the video below. read more

“If You’re Afraid of Trump Get Out of Office” Dem. Sen. Jon Tester Rips GOP Colleagues Opposed to 1/6 Investigation

Following the events of January 6th, Republicans signaled a willingness to understand how the insurrection happened. Terrified of Trump, though, most of them have changed their minds on that matter.

Mitch McConnell understands that a commission will be very bad politically for Republicans. So he is urging them to vote against the bill. And that Republican resistance has driven some Democrats nut, specifically Montana’s Jon Tester.

Tester told Politico on Thursday, “

We’ve got to get to the bottom of this sh*t. read more

Schumer: GOP In-Fighting on 1/6 Commission Shows How Difficult it is to Negotiate With Republicans

Schumer accuses White House of writing impeachment trial rules

Chuck Schumer has had to deal with Mitch McConnell for a very long time. Starting n 2014, McConnell and the Republicans held the senate. The idea of negotiating with the Kentucky senator was essentially a joke. McConnell used his power to shut down a supreme court nomination and push through a tax cut for the wealthy.

The shoe is on the other foot now as Schumer is in control of the senate. In addition, Democrats hold the White House and congress. But according to the New York senator, that hasn’t made dealing with Republicans any easier.

On Tuesday, Schumer was asked about Kevin McCarthy turning his back on colleague John Katko, who was negotiating a 1/6 insurrection commission on the GOP’s behalf.

It shows how difficult it is to negotiate with Republicans if the Republican leaders are just going to throw their lead negotiators under the bus,” said the senate majority leader. “Why do they even participate in negotiations at all?” read more

Mitch McConnell: I’m a Great Admirer or Liz Cheney

This weeks drama in the House of Representatives showed the differences in leadership style between Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. McCarthy has been completely compromised by Donald Trump.

When the former president first incited the January 6th insurrection, McCarthy called him out. But after the House Minority Leader was called down to Mar-a-Lago, he came back to Washington fully on board with team Trump.

McConnell has largely ignored Trump and acted as if senate Republicans are completely prepared to move on without him. And when the Senate Minority Leader was asked about Liz Cheney, recently punished by McCarthy for bashing Trump, he paid her a nice compliment.

Fox News asked the Kentucky lawmaker if he still felt Cheney was an “important leader in our party and our nation?”

Well, there is no change,” he responded. read more

Cowardly McConnell Avoids Talking About Trump’s Hold on GOP During Interview

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) avoided commenting on the hold former President Donald Trump has on the GOP, pivoting discussion instead to the Republican Party’s hopes for the midterm elections, a time when incumbent administrations typically lose seats.

What ’22 ought to be is a referendum, and it often is, on the performance of the new administration,” McConnell said during an interview with a Kentucky read more

McConnell Indicates He Has No Intention of Protecting Liz Cheney as the GOP Eat Their Own

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to try and distance himself from the controversy surrounding efforts by Republicans to oust Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) because she has refused to back former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 general election.

McConnell, when asked if he would help Cheney keep her position as conference chair, said that “100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration.” 

He also made a jab at Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), saying, “I think the best way to look at what this new administration—the president may have won the nomination, but Bernie Sanders won the argument,” a coded message that he believes the Biden administration  is “socialist.”

“What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country,” he added.

Trump attacked McConnell and other Republicans earlier this morning; in a statement, he referred to McConnell as “gutless and clueless” while continuing to espouse fictions about the 2020 election result.

‘Had Mike Pence referred the information on six states (only need two) back to State Legislatures, and had gutless and clueless MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell (he blew two seats in Georgia that should have never been lost) fought to expose all of the corruption that was presented at the time, with more found since, we would have had a far different Presidential result, and our Country would not be turning into a socialist nightmare! Never give up!” he said. read more

WATCH: Morning Joe Panel Mocks Mitch McConnell For Not Understanding Why CEO’s No Longer Support Republicans

For decades, big business and the Republican party have had a symbiotic relationship. Big business donates large sums of money to the GOP and in return, Republicans pass major tax breaks.

But over the last decade or so, the GOP has been getting soundly defeated in the culture war. And as Republicans try to pass legislation meant to harm other Americans, companies are breaking away from them. During a Tuesday segment, the Morning Joe panel mocked Mitch McConnell for being surprised by this.

Joe Scarborough brought up Nike, discussing the Republican boycott threat after the sneaker brand featured Colin Kaepernick in an ad. Instead, Nike’s sales increased following the spot.

Eugene Robinson jumped in:

“I heard, Nike’s still selling a whole bunch of shoes, right? So that turned out to be a good decision for Nike and what I think, Mitch McConnell, and Republicans in Washington in general, just write this off as virtue signaling — this is somehow superficial. They don’t get this is baked into the way that capitalism works and they’re doing — this company is doing –what their consumers and what their employees require them to do and they’re not going to do otherwise.” read more

Mitch McConnell Refuses To Work With Biden Then Whines About Unity

In the 6 years he was in charge of the senate, Mitch McConnell wielded his power with an iron fist. The Kentucky lawmaker showed no interest in anything Democrats had to say. He pushed through 3 Supreme Court and a massive tax break for the richest Americans.

Now that he is out of power, though, McConnell is doing plenty of complaining. He attempted to issue a threat to the Democrats, but it was largely laughed off. So the Senate Minority Leader is back to complaining.

McConnell said on the senate floor on Wednesday, “President Biden pledged he would be ‘A president for all Americans’ with plans to repair, restore and heal. But the first hundred days have left much to be desired. Over a few short months, the Biden administration seems to have given up on selling actual unity in favor of catnip for their liberal base, covered with a hefty coat of false advertising.”

The Kentucky lawmaker continued, “Behind President Biden’s familiar face, it’s like the most radical Washington Democrats have been handed the keys, and they’re trying to speed as far left as they can possibly go before American voters ask for their car back.”

Democrats have regularly explained that while they’re willing to talk about issues, voters have given them a mandate.  Jen Psaki explained during her Monday presser:

“I will say that the President’s view is that bringing the country together is bringing the American people together. So when I say he’s, he is focused on bringing you know, bringing people together, bringing Democrats or Republicans together, he’s not talking about solving bipartisanship in ‘this zip code here.” read more

Pelosi: McConnell “Is Not a Force for Good in Our Country”

Pelosi calls for Trump to be criminally prosecuted

An excerpt from journalist Susan Page’s biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) titled Madame Speaker shows Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have an icy relationship.

“Mitch McConnell is not a force for good in our country,” Pelosi is quoted as saying. “He is an enabler of some of the worst stuff, and an instigator of some of it on his own.” read more

Biden Creates Commission That Will Explore Expanding Supreme Court

President Joe Biden will order a 180-day commission that will explore the mechanics behind expanding the Supreme Court. The commission will provide a forum to debate the matter outside of Congress, whose own proceedings are likely to be significantly polarized.

Although Biden has not clarified his own views on expanding the court, the decision to engage the commission via executive order fulfills a campaign promise he made amid growing concerns from activists that the court is imbalanced.

“There’s growing recognition that the Supreme Court poses a danger to the health and well-being of the nation and even to democracy itself,” 

Aaron Belkin, director of the group Take Back the Court, told The New York Times read more

WATCH: Nicolle Wallace Finds McConnell’s Threat to Corporations Hilarious

After 5 years plus of pulling the senate strings, Mitch McConnell is not enjoying his time as the Senate Minority Leader. Once Democrats took control, McConnell threatened to regularly hold up bills using the filibuster. But the Senate Parliamentarian has largely taken care of that.

McConnell has decided that the easiest way to get back in control is to pass restrictive voting laws. But a number of corporations have spoken out against the legislation, specifically Georgia’s new restrictions. McConnell recently warned those companies and Nicolle Wallace found his threats hilarious.

The Kentucky lawmaker said on Tuesday, “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.”

Wallace tackled those comments on tonight’s show. She began:

“McConnell put out a statement saying that companies, ‘will invite serious consequences,’ whoo! ‘If they continue to speak out’. He followed that up today by calling corporations responding to Georgia’s law, ‘Stupid because,’ ‘Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too and we fly and we like baseball.’ There is such an irony, though, to the GOP war on corporations. Of course, no one has fought harder for corporate dollars to have more power in American politics than, wait for it, Mitch McConnell.” read more

McConnell Tells CEOs To “Stay Out of Politics”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into corporations whose CEOs have spoken out against Georgia’s new voting restrictions, urging them to stay out of politics.

“My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights,” McConnell said.

McConnell’s criticisms appear at odds with his own record of accepting corporate donations. His re-election campaign “

received a total of $258,880 from 37 chief executives whose companies are components of the S&P 500 stock index  read more

Mitch McConnell Spouts More Bogus Threats About Senate Filibuster Reform

Mitch McConnell on Fox News

Speaking to the Ruthless podcast in an episode released earlier this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed reforming the filibuster would lead to a “nuclear winter” in the Senate, hampering bipartisan coordination.

“I think if they destroy the essence of the Senate, the legislative filibuster, they will find a Senate that will not function,” he said. “It takes unanimous consent to turn the lights on here. And I think they would leave an angry 50 senators not interested in being cooperative on even the simplest things.” read more

Trump Says Ending the Filibuster Would Be “Catastrophic” for Republicans

Former President Donald Trump said ending the filibuster would be “catastrophic” for the GOP, voicing his support as Democrats continue to face calls to scrap it entirely.

“Look, he’s hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster,” Trump said of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during an interview on the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe.” “And if they get the filler, he’s hanging on [Democratic Senator] Joe Manchin, who always goes with the Democrats. Joe talks, but he ends up going with the Democrats. Now there’s another great senator from the state of Arizona. He’s hanging by a thread and if they get rid of the filibuster, if they knock it out, it will be catastrophic for the Republican Party.” 

“But if you look at what happened in the election read more

Schumer on McConnell: “I’m Not Going to Give This Blustery Threat Any Credence”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) dismissed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) threat to employ “scorched earth” tactics if Democrats successfully get rid of the filibuster.

“We used to call the Senate, when he was in charge, the legislative graveyard,” Schumer told Stephen Colbert during an interview on The Late Show. “The House would send over good bills that had a lot of popular support. He might oppose them, fair enough, but he wouldn’t even put them on the floor for a vote.”

McConnell has sought to protect the filibuster, insisting that eliminating it would amount to a power grab on the part of the Democrats. Democrats, meanwhile, are facing calls from their constituents to eliminate it so they can implement their agenda without necessarily requiring Republican support.

In making his threat, McConnell, the former Senate Majority Leader, could find ways to complicate President Joe Biden‘s ability to deliver on his legislative agenda. Once Biden took office, he wanted assurances that there would be no use of the so-called “nuclear option,” which would allow Senate rules to be changed with a simple majority vote.

Asked if McConnell could “grind things to a halt” in an evenly divided chamber, Schumer was firm: “I’m not even going to give this blustery threat credence. We’re going to move forward. Period.”

You can watch the interview below. read more

Dem Sen. Martin Heinrich Calls For the Filibuster to Be Abolished or Reformed

Republicans have grown very leery about the fact that the Democrats have control of the House, Senate and White House. Mitch McConnell threw a bit of a fit the other day making demands and threats about what the Republicans would do when they’re back in power.

The Democrats were able to pass their major stimulus bill without any help from Republicans. To push many of their future plans through, though, they may have to abolish the filibuster. On Thursday, Martin Heinrich called for the filibuster to either be reformed or abolished all together.

The New Mexico senator said in a statement:

“The filibuster should be abolished or, at the very least, reformed to force senators to physically hold the floor to extend debate. Too often the filibuster has been used to block our country’s continued march toward equality. We must change this. Georgia legislators are attempting to take Sunday voting away. They want to prevent Black voters from participating in our elections. Let’s call this what it is: A racist attempt to steal future elections. We have the legislation to stop this. The For the People Act would restore voting rights to Americans targeted by efforts like those in Georgia. We can’t let the filibuster continue to shield structural racism in our country. I cannot support the continued abuse of the filibuster in the United States Senate.” read more

McConnell Threatens “Scorched Earth” Tactics if Democrats Get Rid of Filibuster

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has threatened to employ “scorched earth” tactics if Democrats successfully get rid of the filibuster, according to Reuters.

McConnell has sought to protect the filibuster, insisting that eliminating it would amount to a power grab on the part of the Democrats. Democrats, meanwhile, are facing calls from their constituents to eliminate it so they can implement their agenda without necessarily requiring Republican support.

In making his threat, McConnell, the former Senate Majority Leader, could find ways to complicate President Joe Biden‘s ability to deliver on his legislative agenda. Once Biden took office, wanted assurances that there would be no use of the so-called “nuclear option,” which would allow Senate rules to be changed with a simple majority vote.

“It’s unclear if an alternative to protecting the filibuster in writing, like a handshake agreement between Schumer read more

WATCH: Gaslight King Tucker Carlson Says There is No Evidence QAnon Even Exists

QAnon played a major role in the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol. More than a few of the mob members could be seen wearing QAnon paraphernalia. Other insurrectionists could be seen waving QAnon flags.

But Tucker Carlson has made a commitment to gaslighting his viewers, even if the evidence is right there in front of their faces. On Tuesday night, the Fox host said there is no evidence that QAnon even exists.

Carlson told his audience:

“So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this false information. This disinformation as we’ll call it. So we checked. We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon. Which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it’s out there, we couldn’t even find it. Then we checked Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter ’cause we have heard she traffics in disinformation, CNN told us. But nothing there.”

Tucker Carlson says he couldn't find any evidence that the Qanon conspiracy theory even exists, like theres nothing out there proving that it's a thing

— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence)

February 24, 2021 read more

Lindsey Graham Says He and Trump are Strategizing on 2022 Mid-Terms

Donald Trump would very much like to be the future of the Republican party. He certainly has a lot of support. 43 senators just voted to acquit him during his impeachment trial. Over 150 congresspeople decided to join in on his election fight.

But there are those that don’t want to see Trump be the GOP standard bearer. Republican voters don’t tend to turn out when the former president isn’t on the ballot. This was clear during the January Georgia mid-terms where Democrats took control of the senate. Mitch McConnell is the leader of this faction.

Lindsey Graham, though, thinks his long-term colleague is wrong about Trump. And the South Carolina senator said that he might with the former president this weekend to strategize on the 2022 mid-terms.

Graham told reporters on Monday, “He’s very involved in helping the team win.” Trump “made a bunch of phone calls” and is “trying to get the best team on the field.”

New: Senator Lindsey Graham says he spent considerable time with Donald Trump this past weekend calling key lawmakers on the ballot in 2022, especially GOP senators, to offer encouragement. “He spent a lot of time on the phone, “ Graham reported in a brief interview. 1/2 read more

Report: Trump To Start Fundraising Again in an Effort To Defeat McConnell

Mitch McConnell doesn’t want Donald Trump to have anything to do with his party anymore. Trump was useful for a while. Wealthy people got a huge tax break and there are 3 new Conservative Supreme Court Justices.

But in the Senate Minority Leaders’ mind, Trump just cost Republicans the Georgia runoffs. And McConnell is reportedly ready to just ignore Trump for the next few years.

The 45th president, though, isn’t the kind of man to let any kind of slight go. And according to a new report, Trump is ready to start fundraising in an effort to defeat McConnell and his candidates.

S.V. Dáte from the Huff Post writes:

“After lying low for nearly a month after leaving office, Donald Trump is ramping up a return to relevancy that will involve renewed fundraising and continuing attacks on a new nemesis: the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Trump has not been collecting money for his Save America leadership committee since Jan. 6, the day a mob he incited attacked the U.S. Capitol, but a website that will permit him to tap into his lucrative small-donor list will be up and running within days, said a Republican familiar with his plans.” read more

Trump Appears on Newsmax, Won’t Say if He’s Running in 2024

Since the day he left the White House, Donald Trump has been relatively quiet. The Twitter ban, thankfully, has prevented him from easily communicating with his supporters and dissenters.

But there were two recent events that brought Trump out from hiding. The first was the anti-Trump speech given by Mitch McConnell on Saturday. The other was today’s death of Rush Limbaugh.

Tonight, the 45th president will be giving interviews to Newsmax, OAN and Fox News. During the Newsmax interview, host Greg Kelly asked Trump is he was planning on running again in 2024.

It’s too early to say, but I see a lot of great polls out there, that’s for sure,” he responded. “We have tremendous support. I won’t say yet [if I’m running again] but I have tremendous support and I’m looking at poll numbers that are through the roof…I’m the only guy who gets impeached and my numbers go up.” read more

Report: McConnell Laughed Off Trump Statement, Will Ignore Him Going Forward

Donald Trump has never let any slight, perceived or real, go unanswered. And this wasn’t just during his presidency, but during his entire business career.

So when Mitch McConnell blasted the 45th president on Saturday, Trump was itching to reply. The former president was reportedly so mad that he had be talked out of including a crack about McConnell’s chins.

According to a new report from Manu Raju, the Senate Minority Leader will not be paying Trump any mind. The CNN Correspondent writes:

“Amid their fallout following the deadly US Capitol riot at the hands of Trump supporters, McConnell has made the calculation that he’s done with the former President and is moving on, according to sources close to the GOP leader. And after Trump issued a blistering attack on McConnell, riddled with false statements and personal broadsides, the GOP leader has no plans to respond.” read more

WATCH: Fox Anchors Are Worried McConnell/Trump Feud Will Destroy the GOP and Dems Will Take Advantage

Donald Trump may have just led Republicans to losses in the House (2018) and the White House and Senate (2020/21), but he still wants complete control of the party.

Mitch McConnell isn’t willing to give it up. This was clear this weekend when the Senate Minority Leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Trump following the impeachment trial.

And irritated Trump reacted to McConnell’s speech today, penning a letter in opposition to the Kentucky senator. The two men have begun a feud that will dominate the party for the foreseeable future.

During Tuesday‘s episode of The Five, Fox hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld laid out their concerns about the fight.

Watters began:

“What I’m worried about is in the next two, three, four years, Trump plays troublemaker with the primaries and the midterms, he plays kingmaker, the guy can raise a ton of money and is no doubt the most powerful force in the Republican party and on the cutting edge of grassroots Republican politics. I do worry that this battle will cause harm to the party and divide the party and let Democrats come in and take advantage.” read more

McConnell Claims He Was Defending the Constitution By Voting to Acquit Trump

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans have long suggested that it is unconstitutional to impeach and hold a trial for a president who is no longer in office.

McConnell, in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, claimed he was defending the Constitution by voting to acquit former President Donald Trump on the charge that he incited an insurrection against Congress. Trump was formally impeached last month after a mob of his supporters stormed the United States Capitol in a failed bid to overturn the results of the 2020 general election.

“There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone,” he wrote. “His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”

“But senators take our own oaths,” he added. “Our job wasn’t to find some way, any way, to inflict a punishment. The Senate’s first and foundational duty was to protect the Constitution.”

“The House’s ‘sole power of impeachment‘ and the Senate’s ‘sole power to try all impeachments’ would constitute an unlimited circular logic with no stopping point at former officers,” he continued. “Any private citizen could be disqualified. This is why one House manager had to argue the Senate possesses ‘absolute, unqualified’ jurisdiction. But nobody really accepts that.”

“The Constitution presupposes that anyone convicted by the Senate must have an office from which to be removed,” McConnell later explains, saying that his own constitutional philosophy is aligned with constitutional scholar Justice Joseph Story, who posited that removing a president is “mandatory” upon conviction.

“This doesn’t mean leaving office provides immunity from accountability. Former officials are ‘still liable to be tried and punished in the ordinary tribunals of justice.’ Criminal law and civil litigation ensure there is no so-called January exemption.” read more

Kentucky Newspaper Says McConnell “Won’t Save His Beloved Legacy” After Voting to Acquit Trump

In a piece for The Lexington Herald-Leader, op-ed columnist Linda Blackford criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for voting to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection against Congress, writing that his speeches “won’t save his beloved legacy.”

McConnell gave a pass to white supremacy read more

Schumer and McConnell Reach Power-Sharing Deal, Securing Democratic Control of Committees

Schumer and Biden to use reconcilliation to pass COVID relief

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have reached a power-sharing deal that secures Democratic control over committees in the upper chamber.

The announcement comes after several weeks of negotiations. Schumer said the organizing resolution will be passed later today.

Negotiations were tense at the start, with significant outrage from voters directed at McConnell, who initially would only agree to a deal if Democrats would agree to preserve the filibuster.

McConnell dropped his demand once two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, said they would not agree to get rid of the filibuster outright. That meant Democrats would need the support of all 50 senators and have Vice President Kamala Harris serve as a tiebreaker and vote as a bloc.

 Democrats “agree with President Biden’s and my view that no Senate majority should destroy the right of future minorities of both parties to help shape legislation,” McConnell said in a statement last month.

“We’re glad Senator McConnell threw in the towel and gave up on his ridiculous demand. We look forward to organizing the Senate under Democratic control,” Justin Goodman, a spokesman for Schumer said afterward.

Taylor-Greene Hits Back at McConnell and Says She’s Visiting With Trump Soon

Trump and Majorie Taylor Greene

Over the last week, a few GOP lawmakers have been willing to call out Marjorie Taylor-Greene. The criticism came from the usual suspects, Adam Kinzinger and Mitt Romney.

The party leadership, though, had largely stayed silent on the matter. That is until Mitch McConnell blasted the Georgia congresswoman in a Monday night statement.

The Kentucky senator wrote, “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.”

To no one’s surprise, Taylor-Greene took the criticism in stride. She took to Twitter, writing, “The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country.”

The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully.

This is why we are losing our country.

— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 2, 2021 read more

Mitch McConnell Calls Taylor-Greene’s Conspiracy Theories a Cancer on the Country

Last week, videos emerged of Marjorie Taylor-Greene harassing student activists and hinting that Nancy Pelosi should be executed. This wasn’t new behavior from the QAnon believing, conspiracy theory spouting congresswoman.

Kevin McCarthy had initially said that he would have a conversation with Greene about her rhetoric. But at the end of the day, the Georgia representative was put of the House Education and Labor committee.

Another leader of the Republican party, though, is taking Greene’s conspiracy theories a little more seriously. On Monday night, Mitch McConnell released a statement that read in part:

“Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality. This has nothing to do with the challenges facing American families or the robust debates on substance that can strengthen our party.” read more

Matt Gaetz Mocks Dick Cheney and Mitch McConnell in Visit to Liz Cheney’s Home State of Wyoming

Matt Gaetz sets up Rudy Giuliani

Donald Trump is no longer the President and spends most of his time at his Mar-a-Lago club. He has also lost the use of his Twitter account, which was until recently, his favorite way to connect with his supporters.

Still, the ex-President has his sycophants in Washington DC who are still pushing the message of Trumpism. And no one is a bigger Trump sycophant than Matt Gaetz.

On Thursday, the Florida Congressman flew to Wyoming to attack Liz Cheney. Cheney, a powerful member of Congress, voted to impeach Donald Trump just last week.

Gaetz not only mocked the Wyoming Rep. during his appearance, he took aim at other Republicans as well.

Our battle is no longer just Republican vs. Democrat,” said the Florida Rep, “it’s not just red team versus blue team. Absolutely not — we’ve got to put America first. Those are the old battles of yesteryear. But people have always come to the great frontiers of Wyoming to win the future — that’s why I’m here.”

Gaetz continued, “The truth is that the establishment in both political parties have teamed up to screw our fellow Americans for generations. The private insider club of Joe Biden, Mitch McConnellMitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney they want to return our government to its default setting: enriching them.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz: "This is my first time in Wyoming. I've been here for about an hour and I feel like I already know the place a lot better than your misguided representative, Liz Cheney." read more

WATCH: Lou Dobbs Absolutely Destroys “Coward” Mitch McConnell

When Donald Trump was seeking the Republican nomination in 2016, Lindsey Graham delivered a warning to his party. “If we nominate Donald Trump,” the South Carolina senator tweeted, “we will get destroyed and we will deserve it.”

It took quite a while for his prediction to come to pass, but it seems to be coming true. The GOP is splitting into a pro-Trump faction and an anti-Trump faction. Mitch McConnell seemingly believes that Trump is hurting the party and may vote to convict him.

McConnell’s turn against Trump has, of course, enraged many of the ex-President’s staunchest supporters. This includes Trump super-fan Lou Dobbs. Dobbs lit into McConnell during his Thursday show.

Speaking of the senate minority leader, the Fox Business host began, “

I wish he’d have thought of that first. It would be the least that President Trump should have been able to expect from a leader of the House of Representatives. Or, for that matter, the leader of the Senate for the Republicans, Mitch McConnell.” read more

Democrats Knock Down McConnell’s Attempt to Protect the Filibuster

Democrats knocked down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s attempt to protect the filibuster as part of the Senate’s power-sharing deal. McConnell (R-Ky.) had wanted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include protecting the filibuster in any deal they agree to on how to organize the evenly-split Senate.

“We’re not going to give him what he wishes. If you did that then there would be just unbridled use of it. I mean nothing holding him back,” said Senator read more

LISTEN: Sean Hannity Calls For Mitch McConnell to Be Replaced as GOP Leader

McConnell attacks House Trump impeachment

For the last four years, Mitch McConnell has taken advantage of Donald Trump’s power. The Senate Majority Leader has been able to push through 3 Conservative Supreme Court Justices and pass a major tax cut.

The Georgia run-off elections, though, showed that Trump is most likely a problem for the GOP going forward. McConnell now seems ready to cut the president out of power.

The Kentucky senator, who has signaled he may support impeachment conviction, blasted Trump during a Tuesday floor speech. “The mob was fed lies,” he said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like.”

And now that McConnell is done with Trump, Sean Hannity wants Republicans to be done with McConnell. He told listeners of his Fox radio show:

“Now, keep all of this in mind when we talk about Mitch McConnell. Cause I don’t remember Mitch McConnell ever being critical, but today he’s critical of Donald Trump. And to me, it’s just signaling that he’s going to go along with this latest Schiff-show in the US Senate. Republicans should not — first of all, this unconstitutional action would be to have a post-presidency impeachment trial. Mitch McConnell’s signaling here that that’s what he wants to do? Sounds like it. Republicans need new leadership. These guys have been there forever.” read more

WATCH: Lou Dobbs Says Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy Showed “Utter Disregard of the President’s Right to Loyalty”

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.

Both McCarthy and McConnell have been willing to talk about Trump’s responsibility in the recent attack on the US Capitol. This was going way too far for Lou Dobbs who slammed the leaders for their lack of loyalty to the President.

The Fox Business host made the comments during a segment which also featured former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Dobbs began, “It looks to me like the Republican party is, frankly, at the precipice. This is, this is — these are people who don’t care about the party, the president, they don’t care about the Constitution themselves. Because they’re acting in utter disregard of the president’s right to loyalty from his party, certainly, the leadership of the party.”

The Fox host continued to slam the party, saying, “t’s a horrible time and look, I mean, they put Ronna McDaniel back as the chair of Republican National Committee. She lost a president and she lost the senate. What is going on in your party?”

Shameful Display: @JasonintheHouse calls out the Republicans for not unanimously standing by the President in the second sham impeachment

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 14, 2021 read more

Jake Sherman: Mitch McConnell And Allies “Seriously Considering Impeachment”

Trump - McConnell

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.”

Sherman made the comments during an appearance on The Interview Podcast. He told host Aidan McLaughlin, “it’s very clear that if you put Republicans on truth serum, they would tell you that they are angry and they wish that Trump would go away for good.”

He then got into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who says he hasn’t made a decision on voting to convict Trump. “That’s a huge, huge statement from McConnell. He’s obviously seriously considering conviction. If he goes, then I think a lot of people could go. John Cornyn, John Thune, a whole host of his allies. Trump is now powerless.”

Sherman continued on Trump:

“The best way to think of it is, the transaction that Republicans conducted with Donald Trump for many years was, we’ll put up with the nonsense because we’re getting good policy and judges and good foreign policy out of it. That transaction has run dry. That transaction no longer exists because he’s out of office. Right now, they’re trying to move on to a new party in many respects. And people like Liz Cheney have made the calculus that that new party will be better without Trump. I think there’s probably a middle ground here that Kevin McCarthy is striking, which is, this is pretty bad, but we’re not going to impeach him because it’s not proper right now.” read more

Mitch McConnell Tells Republicans On The Senate Floor That The Election Wasn’t Close

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.

“The voters, courts and states have all spoken. If we overrule them it would damage our republic forever,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids.”

McConnell told Republicans that the election wasn’t unusually close, “This election actually was not unusually close. Just in recent history, 1976, 2000, and 2004 were all closer than this one. The electoral college margin is almost identical to what it was in 2016.”

“If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral. We’d never see the whole nation accept an election again,” he added.

You can watch McConnell’s speech below.

Mitch McConnell tells Republicans on the Senate that the election was not close.

— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 6, 2021 read more

Trump Warns A Number of Powerful Senators That They Better Help Him Steal the Election

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.

John Cornyn, John Thune and Mitch McConnell have shown no interest in joining the challenge. On Tuesday night, Trump called all 3 men in an angry tweet.

I hope the Democrats,” Trump began, and even more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party, are looking at the thousands of people pouring into D.C. They won’t stand for a landslide election victory to be stolen. @senatemajldr@JohnCornyn@SenJohnThune”

I hope the Democrats, and even more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO section of the Republican Party, are looking at the thousands of people pouring into D.C. They won’t stand for a landslide election victory to be stolen. @senatemajldr @JohnCornyn @SenJohnThune read more

Historian Douglas Brinkley: Trump is Jealous of the Power Mitch McConnell Wields

Trump - McConnell

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.”

Brinkley replied:

“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.” read more

Eric Bolling: Because of the GOP, Donald Trump May be the Last Republican President

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.” read more

Mitch McConnell is the Latest Villain in MAGA World

Mitch McConnell Trump impeachment trial

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

Jeanine Pirro read more

Trump Insists There is “Tremendous Evidence” of Voter Fraud Immediately After McConnell Acknowledges Biden’s Victory

Trump brags about the stock market for 51 seconds then runs away

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.

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. read more

McConnell Congratulates Biden After Electoral College Certifies Election Results

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 read more

Opinion: COVID Relief Fiasco Reveals McConnellism Rivals Trumpism In Disregard for Americans’ Welfare

Trump - McConnell

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. read more

Senator Angus King: McConnell Has “Gotta Listen” to Members of His Own Party Regarding Covid Relief

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.

“I’m hoping he’s going to listen to the members of his caucus saying, ‘look, we need to do something, it’s urgent.’” read more

Opinion: What Trump Has Revealed About The Fragility And Strength Of U.S. Democracy

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?” read more

Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell Re-Elected As Senate Leaders

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

Mitch McConnell read more

Mitch McConnell Wins Re-Election in Kentucky

Mitch McConnell ignores the majority of Americans on SCOTUS vote

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.

“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.

McConnell Says Control of Senate is 50/50, Polls Say Republican Odds Are Much Worse Than That

Mitch McConnell will hold Trump impeachment trial

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.” read more