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January 13, 2022

McConnell: Biden Speech was ‘Profoundly Unpresidential’ [Video]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a scathing condemnation of President Joe Biden’s recent speech in Georgia, in which he promoted voting rights and changing the filibuster, calling it “divisive” and “profoundly unpresidential.”

McConnell began his remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday by recalling “12 months ago” when Biden promoted unity and “said we should ‘see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors.'”

“Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic ‘enemies,'” McConnell said. “How profoundly unpresidential.”

“Yesterday, with the world’s largest megaphone, he invoked the literal Civil War and said we are on the doorstep of autocracy. Talked about domestic enemies. Rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the United States,” McConnell said. 

“The President’s rant yesterday was incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that the Senate will vote on rule changes to the filibuster by January 17. Biden is reportedly meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday to urge them once again to change the filibuster so they can pass voting rights legislation, according to The Hill.

But Democrats would need all 50 senators to pull that off, and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have repeatedly said they support the filibuster remaining intact.

Read a transcript of McConnell’s remarks here.


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McConnell says Biden speech was ‘incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office’

November 19, 2021

‘McConnell is a fool’: Trump unloads on former ally in scathing statement

Former President Donald Trump had a few choice words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a fiery ultimatum regarding the Biden administration’s social spending bill.

Trump released a statement through his Save America PAC, blasting McConnell and other Republicans in Congress for helping pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. He warned that McConnell “better stop” Biden’s social spending plan from advancing.

“McConnell is a fool and he damn well better stop their ‘Dream of Communism Bill’ and keep his Senators in line, or he should resign now, something he should have done a long time ago,” Trump’s statement read. “Use the Debt Ceiling like it should have been used, you Old Broken Crow, to do so would hurt our Country far less than this horrible Bill.”

“Mitch McConnell couldn’t stop the first Bill so 19 Senators, including himself, joined in. That’s what he does—if you can’t beat them, join them. If he wasn’t so stupid and didn’t give the two-month extension, he could have stopped it all. Now he and his RINO friends will allow a much bigger and far worse Bill to pass, ruining our Country while giving the Democrats a great political lift, all at the same time,” Trump wrote.

“This was all allowed by Mitch McConnell’s incompetence and now I understand that a couple Republican Senators may get on board so that they can have yet another and even bigger victory, for the Democrats, while at the same time ensuring massive Inflation and the destruction of our Country as we know it,” Trump said.

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Trump gives McConnell insult-filled ultimatum on Biden agenda

October 24, 2021

McConnell says GOP should not ‘rehash’ 2020

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Republican Party should focus on “the future, not the past” and stop focusing on the 2020 election.

At a press conference, reporters asked McConnell if he was comfortable with the GOP reembracing former President Donald Trump.

“Well, I do think we need to be talking about the future, not the past,” McConnell said.

“I think the American people are focusing on this administration,” he continued. “It’s my hope that [the] 2022 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash about suggestions of what may have happened in 2020.”

McConnell’s comments come as Trump continues to claim that Biden fraudulently won the 2020 election.

“Mitch McConnell should have challenged that election because even back then, we had plenty of material to challenge that election. He should have challenged the election,” Trump said at a recent rally.

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McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not ‘rehash’ 2020

October 14, 2021

Mitch McConnell feels GOP wrath

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) received severe backlash from his GOP cohorts last week after he helped Democrats raise the debt limit again, and strategists say it was a wake-up call.

Senate aides and GOP strategists say the minority leader’s reputation took some damage last week when he agreed to a two-month increase of the debt ceiling after insisting for weeks that Democrats would have to do it on their own.

“I think this was a crisis entirely of McConnell’s making when he decided to announce the caucus’s position this summer,” said one anonymous Senate Republican aide. “He created drama and thought it would go a lot differently than he expected and then he blinked.”

“He put his caucus into a tough position,” the aide added. “He prides himself on protecting the caucus from tough votes and that obviously took a major blow.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) publicly criticized McConnell last week.

“I believe Democratic Leader Schumer was on the verge of surrendering, and then, unfortunately … Republicans blinked. I think that was a mistake,” Cruz said.

This situation is likely to make McConnell’s job harder, especially given the public criticisms from former President Trump.

“This puts McConnell in a box canyon where he has to be tough and fight the debt limit,” said GOP strategist Brian Darling. “He lost face during that debate, and now he’s going to have to step up and actually be tougher on the second go on the debt limit and force Democrats to use reconciliation.”

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McConnell gets GOP wake-up call

October 8, 2021

Watch: Chuck Schumer elicits groans with ill-timed rant on Senate floor

On Thursday night, 11 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to end the debate on the deal to extend the debt ceiling until December. They’d reached a bipartisan agreement to avoid an economic catastrophe and were milling about on the Senate floor, talking amongst themselves. And at that moment, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) decided to launch into a rant against the Republicans.

“Republicans played a dangerous and risky partisan game, and I am glad that their brinksmanship did not work,” Schumer said. “Despite immense opposition from Leader McConnell and members of his conference, our caucus held together and we pulled our country back from the cliff’s edge that Republicans tried to push us over.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA), who has pushed for bipartisanship, was visibly displeased with Schumer’s remarks. Video footage shows him shake his head and put his head in his hands. Eventually, about halfway through Schumer’s four-minute speech, Manchin gets up and walks away.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate at this time,” Manchin later told reporters. “We have to de-weaponize. You can’t be playing politics. None of us can — on both sides,” Manchin said. “Civility is gone.”

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who voted to end the filibuster and pass the measure, said he confronted Schumer after his comments.

“I thought it was totally out of line,” Thune said. “I just thought it was an incredibly partisan speech after we had just helped him solve a problem.”

“I let him have it,” he added.

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Chuck Schumer picked the wrong moment to go on a partisan rant

October 8, 2021

GOP ‘surprised and disappointed’ with McConnell over Dem deal

Some Senate GOP members are taking issue with the debit-limit deal announced Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Several Senate Republicans were “surprised and disappointed” when they learned the deal’s details, sources said.

According to The Hill, one Republican senator said, “you could hear a pin drop,” as McConnell shared the particulars of the plan.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) shed some light on why the agreement caught his colleagues by surprise. A group of 46 Senate Republicans sent Schumer a letter in August saying, “we will not vote to increase the debt ceiling, whether that increase comes through a stand-alone bill, a continuing resolution, or any other vehicle.”

“I think they feel like maybe we could have pushed it a little longer,” Cramer said. “The problem is the Republican members feel like we’re blinking and blinking a little earlier than might be necessary.”

A minimum of 10 Republicans would need to vote for the motion to pass and pave the way to raise the debt limit by $480 billion, enough to last until Dec. 3.

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GOP disappointment with McConnell deal could delay vote

October 7, 2021

Senate reaches short-term debt deal, avoiding crisis

Senate leaders reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling into December, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Thursday.

“We have reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December,” Schumer said.

The agreement would increase the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which Treasury Department estimates indicate would extend the limit until Dec. 3. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also confirmed the deal.

“The Senate is moving toward the plan I laid out last night to spare the American people from an unprecedented crisis,” McConnell said. “The pathway our Democratic colleagues have accepted will spare the American people any near-term crisis.”

The agreement would need to pass through the House before being sent to President Biden.

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Default crisis dodged — for now — with Dem-GOP debt accord

September 24, 2021

McConnell called Trump ‘a fading brand’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called former President Donald Trump a “fading brand” and maintained that the GOP is moving away from the former president, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, “Peril.”

The book claims that during a conversation with Sen. Lindsay Graham, McConnell said Trump was an “OTTB as they say in Kentucky – off-the-track Thoroughbred.”

“‘There is a clear trend moving,’ McConnell said, toward a place where the GOP is not dominated by Trump. McConnell added, ‘Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works,'” the book reads.

McConnell publicly blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol but ultimately did not vote to impeach.

“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said in a Jan. 19 speech. “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.”

Trump has been at odds with the Senate Minority Leader since he left office, at one point calling him “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”

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McConnell called Trump ‘a fading brand’ and said ‘sucking up’ to him ‘is not a strategy that works’: book

September 9, 2021

Treasury Secretary raises alarm over nation’s debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is raising the alarm over the nation’s borrowing limit that could set off a worldwide economic crisis if Congress fails to take action.

Yellen warned congressional leaders on Wednesday that the US could potentially default on its debt in October. There is now reportedly a scramble to determine how to raise the debt ceiling in time.

“The time for Congress to act is now to make sure the U.S. does not come close to defaulting on some of its obligations,” said Rachel Snyderman, associate director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank that monitors the debt limit. “But what’s concerning right now is that there are so many important priorities at play.”

Republicans vowed to withhold votes for the debt ceiling, though they helped suspend it under former President Donald Trump.

“Democrats control Washington now. They can raise the debt limit on their own,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Wednesday.

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Yellen triggers alarm bells over debt ceiling cliff 

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