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McConnell Slams Rand Paul For Holding Up Aid To Ukraine After Meeting With Zelensky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not happy with the junior GOP senator from his state, Rand Paul, and remarks he made after returning from Ukraine and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made that crystal clear.

Burgess Everett of Politico notes that McConnell is trying to make sure Republicans such as Paul don’t stray too far away from the GOP fold:

“It’s Mitch McConnell vs. MAGA when it comes to Ukraine. At least a half-dozen Republican senators are expected to oppose the aid bill, according to one Republican senator. And in private meetings, an increasing number of GOP senators have questioned various aspects of the request.”

Earlier this week, Paul single-handedly held up a $40 billion aid package to Ukraine right as they seem to be turning the tide against Russia and Vladimir Putin, who is reportedly about to undergo surgery for what has been described as “blood cancer.”

McConnell had this to say about aid to Ukraine:

“It’s in America’s interest to do this. This is not a charity we’re involved in here. It’s in our interests to help Ukrainians just like it’s in the interest of NATO countries. So this is not some handout.”

Asked about Paul’s opposition to the aid package, McConnell quickly asserted his primacy over Senate Republicans, adding what certainly sounded like a jab at his colleague:

“Well, it’s no secret. Rand and I have a different world view of the importance of Americans’ role around the world. So that was not surprising. And it won’t create a problem. We’ll get the job done by Wednesday.”

Did you hear that, Rand? It’s a done deal, and you’d best start doing as you’re told by the head of your Senate caucus. If not, don’t expect any favors in the future.

Don’t be surprised if the aid package passes first thing Monday morning with Rand Paul’s full support.

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Former Senator Says Marjorie Taylor Greene Has More Power In The GOP Than McConnell Or McCarthy

 

If Republicans do as well as they expect to in the midterm elections, the chances are good that Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will once again be Senate majority leader and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will become the next Speaker of the House. That would make McConnell and McCarthy the two most powerful members of the GOP in Washington.

But are McConnell and McCarthy really the true leaders of today’s GOP? Or could that title belong to one of the most extreme and reviled Republicans to ever serve in Congress?

Even though she holds no committee assignments and has virtually no influence when it comes to whether or not legislation passes, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is currently one of the rising starts inside the extreme right-wing of the modern Republican Party.

Former Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill posited the theory that Greene is actually more powerful than McConnell and McCarthy, despite the fact that she may not even be allowed to run for reelection in November.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” Thursday, McCaskill remarked:

“She had more power today, I think, than Kevin McCarthy. He thinks he’s some big genius — and Mitch McConnell, too.”

And then McCaskill explained why she thinks Greene is so strong while McConnell and McCarthy are so weak:

“She is going to white nationalist rallies and they do nothing. That’s how afraid of her they are. That’s who’s in charge in the Republican Party are these crazytown people along with the liar-in-chief down at Mar-a-Lago playing golf. And it is unbelievable when you look at the history of the Republican Party and the smart people and people who I disagreed with but who had integrity and would stand up for the right thing in the moment of history when it’s important. none of these folks pass that test. None of them.”

If you doubt McCaskill’s comments, consider that earlier today the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president had this to say of Greene and the Republican governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp:

“She is now going through hell in their attempt to unseat her, just more of an election mess in Georgia, including the fact that they will still allow easily corruptible Ballot Boxes for all to cheat with, and have not been able to get a little thing called ‘Signature Verification’ approved. Unlike other Republicans, this Governor does everything possible to hurt the voting process in Georgia, including his approval of a disastrous Consent Decree, and not calling a Special Session that was requested by Georgia’s Republican Senators. He absolutely refused. Both of those failures were a disaster for the Republican Party, and for our Country.”

Claire McCaskill is absolutely correct. And the thought of Marjorie Taylor Greene as the putative leader of the GOP is one hell of a terrifying thought.

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Donald Trump Jr. Attacks Mitch McConnell As The GOP Civil War Reaches A Fever Pitch

Donald Trump Jr. (along with his father) is in full panic mode, terrified of what the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection will uncover next.

Just how fearful is Junior? Enough so that he thought it’d be a good idea to attack Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Twitter just because McConnell dared to say that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was indeed a “violent insurrection,” according to The Hill:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) for its censure of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and broke with their language on the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, calling it a “violent insurrection.”

“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. … That’s what it was,” McConnell said. 

McConnell’s pointed remarks came in response to remarks made by RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, who said the Capitol riots were “legitimate political discourse.”

McDaniel later tried to walk back those comments, but the damage had already been done, giving the appearance that the RNC supports the violent rioting which resulted in the deaths of five people.

And now Don Jr. has entered the fray, taking to Twitter to accuse McConnell of being a Democrat:

What Junior neglected to mention is that McConnell still has his job. Donald Trump doesn’t, and is under investigation in multiple states. He’s also likely to be referred to the Justice Department for his role in the Jan. 6 attack.

Don Jr. was in contact with the White House on the day of the Capitol insurrection. But if he has nothing to hide and did nothing wrong, why doesn’t he volunteer to testify in open session before the Jan. 6 committee? Probably because he knows that he’s guilty as hell and so is his old man.

It’s so much fun to watch as Republicans go after each other. If we’re lucky, they’ll rip their party into a million pieces. The country would be a hell of a lot better off if they did.

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Unearthed Video Shows McConnell Bragging: ‘My Party Does Really Good With White People And I’m Proud Of That’

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) got caught in a controversy of his own making while discussing the issue of voting rights, telling reporters:

“The concern is misplaced because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”

As the AP reported, that set off a wave of criticism for obvious reasons:

The comment implied that Black voters are somehow not American and underscored the concerns of voting rights advocates that Republicans in state legislatures across the country are explicitly seeking to disenfranchise Black voters. The timing was also notable, coming the same day that McConnell engineered a filibuster to block voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy.

Mitch tried to walk back his remarks as the full fury of the online shitstorm hit him:

McConnell addressed the controversy at a news conference in Kentucky, calling the criticism an “outrageous mischaracterization of my record as a result of leaving one word out inadvertently the other day, which I just now have supplied to you, is deeply offensive.”

Now, however, Patriot Takes has unearthed a video of McConnell circa 2015 in which he proudly brags that Republicans do well with white voters:

“My party does really good with white people and I’m proud of that.”

During the same 2015 Aspen Institute forum where McConnell expressed pride in being popular with white Americans, he mused on why blacks don’t want to join the GOP, according to Mediaite:

He accused Black voters of being “locked down against Republicans,” and the only hope he expressed for making inroads was the existence of some Black Republicans.

But perhaps most strange was McConnell’s assertion that “it certainly hasn’t been helped by having the first African-American president be a Democrat. I mean, that didn’t do us much good on that front” — as if Barack Obama just fell to Earth and into the Oval Office in a stroke of misfortune for the GOP.

Republicans love to say they’re not bigoted, racist, or opposed to civil rights for minorities in the United States. But that’s just another lie they tell along with all the others.

 

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Lindsey Graham Says He No Longer Supports Mitch McConnell Because He’s Been Mean To Trump

For those of you keeping score at home in the Great GOP Civil War of 2021, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he’s officially done with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) because Mitch isn’t being sufficiently subservient to failed, one-term former President Donald Trump.

Yep. Lindsey says he won’t even support Mitch to be the next majority leader if Republicans happen to win back control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

During an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening, Lindsey told host Sean Hannity:

“Elections are about the future. If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump. He’s the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan. It’s his nomination if he wants it, and I think he’ll get reelected in 2024.”

If elections are about the future, as Graham asserts, why would you want to hitch your wagon to a man who was impeached twice, lost by nearly 8 million votes, and has a lower positive approval rating among the public than gonorrhea, not to mention that he’s facing indictment in multiple jurisdictions?

But Lindsey was far from finished laying a massive smooch on Trump’s fat butt, adding:

“I’m not going to vote for anybody for leader of the Senate as a Republican unless they can prove to me that they can advocate an ‘American First’ agenda and have a working relationship with President Trump, because if you can’t do that, you will fail.”

Pay attention, Lindsey: DONALD TRUMP HAS ALREADY FAILED! He failed miserably and will go down as the worst president in American history. Step aside, Millard Fillmore and Warren Harding, Dotard Donnie is taking your spot!

Graham was asked Thursday by Fox host Sandra Smith if he really meant what he told Hannity:

“When you go back to the warning to Mitch McConnell, why would you do that in this moment in a midterm election election year?”

Graham snapped back with this reply:

“Are you not listening? It’s not a warning. He says he wants to be the Republican leader. I’ve acknowledged he’s been the most consequential Republican leader of my lifetime. … But look what Mitch accomplished working with Donald Trump. The question is, how do we go forward as a party?”

Graham then added to be an effective GOP leader “you don’t have to kiss Donald Trump’s ass, but you got to have a working relationship with him for us to be successful.”

If that’s the case, then why is Lindsey so eager to pucker up and kiss Donald Trump’s ass?

Republicans are convinced they’ve got the 2022 midterms all sewn up, but based on the way they’re sniping at each other ten months out, they might not want to count those chickens just yet.

Oh, and Lindsey, one other thing: Do us all a favor and wipe that orange and brown smudge off your nose.