A controversial Republican from Kentucky with a history of conflict with the previous president now wants to help his former party leader make a comeback.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) significantly reversed his earlier criticism of Donald Trump and supported his presidential nomination for the 2024 election.
“The nominee of the party? Absolutely,” McConnell said in a video shared on YouTube.
McConnell admitted he previously expressed serious concerns about President Trump’s ability to run the country. However, he suggested he had already moved on and was happy to give his former party president a second chance.
“My point is what happened in the past is not something relevant now; we are moving forward,” he said. “Let us focus on winning the House and the Senate in ’22.”
He refrained from ordering President Trump to speak about specific topics during the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Orlando, Florida.
“I do not have any advice to give the former president about where he should speak or what we should say,” McConnell said.
He also revealed there could be some competition for the Republican presidential nomination.
“There is a lot to happen between now and ’24,” he said. “I have got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president plus some governors and others. There is no incumbent. It should be a wide-open race.”
Republican supporters recently criticized McConnell after he took the unusual step of condemning Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) loyalty to the former president and the policies he championed during the previous Trump administration.
“Loony lies and conspiracy theories are cancer for the Republican Party and our country,” McConnell said, according to Reuters.
He then claimed social media posts that Greene allegedly liked back when she was a private citizen proved she was too extreme to represent people living in the Peach State’s 14th congressional district.
“[We are talking about] somebody who has suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed John F. Kennedy Jr.’s airplane is not living in reality,” McConnell said.
Greene fired back that McConnell showed a lack of loyalty to the GOP by giving in to the Democratic Party.
“The real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully,” she said on Twitter.
Greene also warned that McConnell’s decision to support a House Democrat bid to relieve her of all committee duties would not bring unity to Congress.
“This is why we are losing our country,” she said.