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Is Mitch McConnell Really a Republican?

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United States Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Does Mitch McConnell Still Represent the GOP? – Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been at loggerheads with former President Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again movement for several years now – but the Republican leader’s recent decision to vote with the Democrats on a controversial gun safety bill was described by the former president as the “last straw.”

It suggests that the GOP Senate minority leader is probably out of touch with much of the rest of the party, or that the party has moved on and left him and others like him behind.

With polls repeatedly showing that a majority of the Republican party wants to see the former president maintain his position of power in politics and even run again in 2024, this disagreement could ultimately see McConnell lose his position within the party.

When that will happen, however, is anybody’s guess.

It’s hard to say whether the Republican party will oust McConnell or whether this veteran GOP politician will stick around until retirement. What we can say with certainty, however, is that McConnell’s brand of Republican conservatism is no longer mainstream or popular.

Much of the GOP’s traditional policy priorities have changed since Trump took office in 2017, and those new priorities don’t seem to have disappeared even after Trump left the White House.

Immigration

Curiously, immigration is not a policy where the former president and the Senate minority leader have publicly disagreed in any substantial way.

In fact, McConnell was slammed during the Trump administration for being the “enabler-in-chief” of the former president. McConnell was also criticized by the progressive-leaning media site Vox for not condemning Trump’s “racist” tweets on immigration.

McConnell even supported former President Trump’s DACA compromise proposal back in 2018. The plan would likely be off the cards if he re-enters the White House in three years’ time, not just because of the bad-faith negotiations from the Democrats on the matter but also because Trump’s own base almost certainly wouldn’t forgive him for it.

Under Trump’s proposal, the 1.8 million DACA recipients would have been given an eventual path to citizenship in return for increased funding for border security.

However, with several million illegal aliens apprehended at the border since President Joe Biden took office, there’s still room for Trump and McConnell to disagree on this issue in the very near future.

January 6

The riot that occurred on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. is an issue that divides Republicans and Democrats – and even Republicans and Republicans.

Former President Donald Trump condemned the violence that occurred that day and explicitly called for peaceful protests on multiple occasions – this is well documented.

But that didn’t stop the Democrats from launching a politically-charged House Select Committee that ultimately blamed the former president for violence and trespassing that occurred on Capitol Hill that day. It also didn’t stop two decidedly anti-Trump Republicans from joining that panel.

For the most part, however, McConnell has agreed with the Democrats on January 6. In January last year, McConnell told the Senate floor that Trump provoked the riot.

“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said.

Only days after the riot took place, McConnell reportedly expressed support of coming efforts by the Democrats to stop Trump from running again.

“The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us,” McConnell allegedly told two associates, according to the New York Times.

Republicans generally feel differently about January 6 and the subsequent investigation, however. 69% of Republicans don’t believe Trump bears much responsibility for the riot – and if the Democrats and McConnell think that the majority of the country believes the contested and baseless claim that Trump called for violence on January 6, then they should think again.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said this year that while a majority of Americans believe that Trump bears some responsibility for what happened, there is “no consensus” that Trump should face criminal charges.

Presumably, that’s because there is no evidence that the former president called for violence or for protesters to do anything other than protest peacefully.

What’s more, the anger behind both the riot and the peaceful protests that took place that day is shared by many Republicans. One national survey by USA Today found that just 33% of Republicans believe that President Joe Biden was legitimately elected. Republicans have since spent the last 18 months voicing concerns about unfair private election funding for Democrat-voting regions in 2020, chain of custody issues with unsecured ballot drop boxes, and the constitutionality of the mass mail-in ballot system used in many vital swing states in the last presidential election.

Love or hate former President Trump, the party he still leads has concerns about election integrity – and McConnell doesn’t.

Gun Rights

On Thursday, former President Donald Trump slammed McConnell in a post on his Truth Social online platform, calling the passing of the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades a “career-ending” move.

In a 65-33 vote, which saw 15 Republicans siding with the Democrats, the Senate voted to allocate millions of dollars in funding for mental health and crisis intervention, create incentives to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”

McConnell was among the 15 Republicans who voted for the legislation which Republicans have warned sets a worrying precedent for legislators to infringe on Second Amendment rights.

In his Truth Social post, the former president slammed McConnell for working with the Democrats while getting nothing in return.

“Mitch McConnell’s push for Republican Senators to vote for Gun Control will be the final straw. Just like he gave away the Debt Ceiling and got NOTHING in return, or handed the Dems a great sound bite and victory with the Infrastructure Bill, which is actually all about the Green New Deal, he is now forcing approval of the FIRST STEP IN TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS! Republican Senators SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS CAREER ENDING BILL!!!” Trump said in his post.

It’s clear at this stage that McConnell’s brand of conservatism doesn’t reflect the mainstream Republican Party.

Whether it reflects the mainstream views of independent voters tired of extremism from the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden’s appalling handling of the economy remains to be seen.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Eric

    June 24, 2022 at 10:15 am

    I thought McConnell was pretty far to the right but I guess it’s not right-wing enough for today’s Republicans. BUT, voting for popular legislation might not be as bad as the author thinks. I guess we’ll find out for sure during the next round of elections.

    • EricIsADumbass

      June 24, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      I’ve got to say, if you think old Mitchy is far to the right then you’re a moron.

    • Rick

      June 24, 2022 at 11:04 pm

      “I thought McConnell was pretty far to the right but I guess it’s not right-wing enough for today’s Republicans.”

      Only a fascist Soviet Democrat Useful Idiot, drunk on Wokism, would consider Mitch McConnell “pretty far to the right” But then, Soviet Democrat Useful Idiots like this would call JFK a neo-Nazi if he and his speeches appeared on the political scene today.

      “BUT, voting for popular legislation might not be as bad as the author thinks.”

      This is popular legislation with Useful Idiots who are either dumb enough to think it will do anything about the weekly slaughter in the Soviet Democrat gun banning utopias where black Identity Politics voters slaughter other black Identity Politics voters by the HUNDREDS each year in those gun control meccas.

      Alternately, the Useful Idiots aren’t actually idiots – they’re fascists who know very well it will do nothing. BUT… anything that harms law abiding firearms owners by removing due process and inches the disarming of law abiding Americans forward a few feet, that they celebrate.

      Meanwhile, The First Son, The Artist Formerly Known As The Crackhead Kid still remains at large and not charged by the FBI for lying on his NICS background check form regarding his disqualifying status as a prohibited possessor for both drug addiction and his military discharge.

      No, Commie Joe will ensure his felon son isn’t indicted for that background check offense – but he’ll rabble rouse and enlist RINOs like McConnell to move a bit closer to disarming Americans.

      One thing is true: this won’t harm McConnell any more than his sellout on the spending bill where he vowed he’d never cave to Chuck Schumer. Given McConnell’s age and health, he may well decide he doesn’t have much time left to spend his ill-gotten wealth before his date with the Grim Reaper.

      And other than that, McConnell has ensured he has brought so much pork back to his state that he knows they aren’t going to throw out their Golden Goose.

  2. Will

    June 24, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Pretty far Right? LOL, Mitch is about Mitch and lining his and his wife’s pockets. Mega RINO

    • buffalolips

      June 24, 2022 at 3:38 pm

      Mega RINO? – a lot worse than that. Demonstrably he’s on the Chinese payroll, a foreign operative, and has been for decades. Thinking about it, that could be a common theme among RINOs. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  3. GhostTomahawk

    June 24, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    McConnell isn’t a republican. He’s an establishment goon trying to hang onto his power. He needs to be sent to pasture. He’s a duly elected senator but he doesn’t have to be had of the party in the senate. Time for him to go.

  4. Opa

    June 24, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    The trouble with all elected officials is that they are first and foremost “politicians”! Looking out for their own interest, and preserving their position.

  5. Wayne

    June 24, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    in a word NO
    in two HELL NO

  6. OIF Combat Vet

    June 24, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    He’s about as Republican as Liz Cheney is, and both are are Dick Cheneys.

  7. Charles B. Van Duzer

    June 24, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    He is just a whore to whoever pays best at the moment.

  8. Marvin Gardens

    June 24, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Nope……

  9. Truk

    June 24, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    NO, he NEVER was either!! He’s a POS Liberal cocaine user (Cocaine Mitch).

  10. jeepwonder

    June 24, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    McConnell controls the Senatorial campaign funds, he has been weeding out patriots that would oppose him for years. He is swamp. And until he’s gone, the GOP can’t really get qualified true patriots elected to help fix things thanks to the slack jaw McConnell.

  11. Richard Young

    June 24, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Moscow Mitch and his Communist Wife received a 25 million dollar anniversary present from her father a big wig in the Chinese Communist Party. He’s a traitor and a closet demoRAT.

  12. Mike

    June 24, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Mcconell is a traitor. He’s a pawn of the Chinese communist party making huge sums of money. He’s a sell out. I think the masses will want trump back with his proven ability to fix the economy especially with massive job lay offs coming in the recession. Dems will lose their jobs in vast numbers and want trump back because it comes down to the well being of their family. Trump is an outsider and all the republicans and dems want to get rich in dc even if it requires betraying the nation to foreign powers. There going to try to indict trump in a made up case over the process that allows a person to challenge the election. Let’s hope he can over come it and run again. DeSantis is a copy cat of trump and he only started acting like he does against the left recently because he knows it clicks with the masses. He’s being funded by rino s now to stop trump from getting the nomination.

  13. Al

    June 24, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    McConnell and Rand Paul are from the same state. Yet they are very different. How does that happen?

  14. SoldiersCross

    June 24, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    China “elite capture” got sellout Mitch in the 90’s. They own him.

  15. Tokyo Woes

    June 25, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Last time I looked Mitch was a Republican, Minority Leader of the Senate and a fixture there for longer than a lot of people seem to want – and yet there seems to be traction in the fraction for some, eh Jack? Don’t know how much the editors look at these, but upping your stall of hacks wouldn’t do you a bit of harm, and as Mark Twain said, very little that comes out the end of a pen is worth reading, and more than likely not worth paying to have written.

  16. El Gato

    June 26, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Mitch needs to go, along with his lackey Lindsay Graham. Both are in it for themselves. They screw us every chance they get

  17. Dave Belson

    June 27, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Whoa, the Flying Monkeys are out in force here.

    The correct question to ask is whether Trump is a Republican. The correct answer is no, Trump is the only member of the Trump Party.

    Trump is deep into the Narcissistic Personality Disorder spectrum. The only thing that matters to him is protecting his fragile ego by whatever lies are necessary along with uncontrolled revenge to get whoever has crossed him.

    Trump was a Democrat for most of his life. But since he is EXTREMELY transactional he ran as a Republican because he figured it would be easier to get the nomination.

    Do your homework folks — study up on Narcissism, google “DSM IV NPD” and study the criteria.

    The man is a danger to the republic.

    • David Chang

      June 27, 2022 at 8:51 pm

      God bless people in the world.

      To pursue the sin of President Trump seriously, we should accuse the sin of Democratic party in civil war and K.K.K. first.

      And Presbyterian Church should confess their sin: promoting liberation theology and violating Ten Commandments.

      But, how many people of Republican party obey Ten Commandments?

      However, Mr. Lincoln has warned us that God’s judgments are always true and righteous.

      At lease, President Trump quit form Presbyterian Church, and think about Ten Commandments. It is right and good in the sight of God.

      God bless America.

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