Mitch McConnell - The Baffling Continued Support for Donald Trump

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  1. Sharlee01 profile image85
    Sharlee01posted 6 weeks ago

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    "There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it," McConnell said at the time. "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president."

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support former President Donald Trump if he won the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

    "Well, there's a lot to happen between now and '24," McConnell said in an interview with Fox News. "I've got at least four members that I think are planning to run for president, plus some governors and others. There's no incumbent, a wide-open race, and should be fun for you all to cover."

    Thoughts...   Do you think Trump will run in 2024? 

    What do you think about Mitch McConnell claiming he would support Trump?

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      PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      He said he would support Trump if he won. This is completely in keeping with McConnell's party-over-country philosophy. Mitch is all about keeping Republicans, and himself, in power even if it means voting to free an insurrectuinist to run for President again, and propping the insurrectionist up again if he wins.

      I'm not surprised in the least. Mitch does not want to lose the crazy Trump cult base because that would mean less power for the GOP.

      And, yes, I think the insurrectuinist will run again if he hasn't yet been convicted of a crime.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

        Sounds exactly like the entire Democrat party, and the large majority of the Republican party as well.  Looking at two failed impeachment attempts, and seeing 100% of Democrats vote lockstep with the party agenda, it is not possible to think that most of them are voting for the party, not the country.  Ditto for the Republicans - when half the House, and half the Senate, vote one way, but it is divided along party lines, there is no other conclusion possible.

        A total failure of our legislative system, IMO.  It is rare, and becoming ever rarer, to find any politician willing to vote the country over the party.

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          PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

          I don't think you answered her questions.

          1. wilderness profile image95
            wildernessposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

            First, I didn't reply to "her", but to you.

            Second, I think I actually did answer the question ("What do you think about Mitch McConnell claiming he would support Trump?"), with a comment on the integrity of nearly all our politicians, including McConnell.  I think our politicians nearly always vote the party line and that it is despicable, that they should not hold the office they do if that's their attitude.

    2. Kyler J Falk profile image90
      Kyler J Falkposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      I think Trump has proven himself a savvy businessman, and not a statesman. The two, in my opinion, are not mutually exclusive; but in Trump's case, I believe the distinction should be made. He acts more like an angsty teen than a man worthy of being POTUS, and he proved this on Twitter, and in his speeches more times than I could count.

      Here is what I hear McConnell saying, "I support the POTUS," and this reminds me of the line you must take when in the military of, "I support the commander-in-chief in all his decisions."

      When I was enlisted during Obama's second run, I wanted to vote (I think it was) Romney. However, at the time we weren't able to receive our ballots any other way than from a family member (mail takes weeks, even months to arrive) so I asked my superiors to get us some ballots. They'd always challenge me on this, saying and asking things like, "Why do you want to vote?" or, "Do you not support our commander-in-chief?" and even, "You don't need to vote, stop asking."

      The only appropriate response to this is, "I support the commander-in-chief in all his decisions, and will carry out his orders without fail. I just want to vote."

      When in a position where you are subservient to the POTUS, you do not undermine that position. Though in a politician's case it isn't so much undermining the position, it is about ensuring that you do not burn any bridges that you may have no choice but to cross in the future.

      1. Sharlee01 profile image85
        Sharlee01posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

        "Here is what I hear McConnell saying, "I support the POTUS," and this reminds me of the line you must take when in the military of, "I support the commander-in-chief in all his decisions."

        From his statement I get the same thing ---he will toe the line if Trump should become president once again.

        Thanks for sharing your experience while in the military of having a problem getting a ballot. I have never heard that before.  Thanks for your service.

        1. Kyler J Falk profile image90
          Kyler J Falkposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

          You have never heard of servicemen having trouble getting and submitting ballots? It was all over the news during this last election for a week or so, and was quickly buried. However, yes, there are certain times during someone's enlistment where voting can be made very difficult and is even discouraged.

          1. Sharlee01 profile image85
            Sharlee01posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

            Seems when the Government is involved with anything there are problems. I use absentee ballot voting due to travel. I have never had a problem. I actually did not realize the military had such a problem.

    3. Credence2 profile image82
      Credence2posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      It is obvious that Machiavelli Mitch is a two faced chiseler..

      How could Mitch condemn Trump from one side of his mouth while saying that he would support him from the other?

      This is just one of the many reasons why I loathe the Republican Party.

      It is a mistake to think that any QAnon loving entity can ever be a responsible party with which to negotiate. Like most progressives, I don't trust Republicans and think we should act to independently to get what the majority voted for done regardless of GOP obstructive bags of tricks.

      I say Donald Trump is going the be up to his ample rump in alligators now that Mr. Vance in New York is more than anxious to add another notch to his gunbelt to bring this clown down from his ivory tower.. The Supreme Court decision has just fed him to the wolves and I am delighted. He won't have time for a lot of political activity between now and 2024, in my opinion.

      1. GA Anderson profile image90
        GA Andersonposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

        "This is just one of the many reasons why I loathe the Republican Party."

        Do you think the Democrat party is any different? How do you feel about their current stance that the Senate parliamentarian, (supposedly a non-partisan authority), should be ignored because she disagrees with their premise about the validity of passing a minimum wage law through budget reconciliation?

        Still supporting that "majority vote" position?

        GA

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          PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

          I recognize that both parties can be villainous, but one wants to ignore a parliamentarian so they can give the American people their first minimum wage increase since 2009 while the other continues to back an insurrectionist and QAnon conspiracy theories after people were killed in a violent insurrection.

          In my opinion, the level of villainy is currently off the charts in the GOP while Democrats are merely idling in politics as usual.

          I don't think they're even close.

          1. Credence2 profile image82
            Credence2posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

            Thanks, Panther, i was looking for an elaborate explanation for the much larger negative overriding themes regarding the Republicans over the Democrats. You saved me a little time and a lot of ink.

            2009?  I say that it is about time for a change.

            I could compare elephant droppings to those of a sparrow, if we want to talk magnitude between the parties, with the GOP as the former, of course.

            This is for you GA, are you listening?

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              PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

              I feel like people have forgotten that not all transgressions are equal. As a parent, do you worry if your child sneaks a cookie after being told "no more"? Yes, some, but what if your child dresses up in battle gear, breaks into your neighbor's house, kills the dog, and steals their guns?

              Are both children equally troubled? I don't think so. And should your response to these transgressions be the same? No, one is pretty typical child behavior while the other is violently criminal.

              One can be worked with, but the other requires serious intervention. That is how I see the Democrats versus the GOP at this time.

              Look at what is happening at CPAC right now. It is highly disturbing. Personally, I am wary of anyone who continues to proudly call themselves a Republican at this point in our history.

              1. Credence2 profile image82
                Credence2posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                Panther, check out the latest outrage CPAC presents us with, "a golden Trump statue"

                https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/26/politics … index.html

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                  PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                  The GOP is no longer a political party of conservative ideals. It has devolved into the Trump cult. If you don't like or at least pretend to like Trump, you're an enemy. It's very sad and very scary.

            2. GA Anderson profile image90
              GA Andersonposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

              Yes, I am listening, but I am not hearing anything new., For instance, the Democrats wanting to ignore the rules isn't so bad because you agree with what they want. But the Republicans ignoring the rules is evil because you don't agree with what they want.

              Do you see the determining factor between your acceptance and your condemnation?

              You seem stuck in that rut of it's only wrong if you disagree with it. Right or wrong is still either right or wrong, whether rationalized or not. They don't change bud.

              GA

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                PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                I don't think either one of us said the Democrats are right, or at least I didn't. In fact, I tried t explain how I see it as a degree of wrong with the example of the kids' transgressions.

                The current GOP is, right now as I type this, hosting a speech by a former president who invented a lie, fomented an angry mob to believe the lie, then incited them to  storm  the Capitol, all to retain power. I just don't see the Democrats' transgressions as anywhere near that level.

                Do you really think they're equivalent?

                Do you?

                Is a kid who steals a cookie as troubled as one who dons combat gear, breaks into a neighbor's house, kills the dog, and steals their guns?

                1. wilderness profile image95
                  wildernessposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                  One party invented fake reasons (twice!) to impeach a president, failing both times in their efforts to eliminate a political rival.  The other challenged an election and made a speech.

                  You're right - they are not equivalent at all.

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                    PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                    I'm bored of your tired, worn out, broken record, fantasy deflections.

                    Maybe someone else will bite.

                2. GA Anderson profile image90
                  GA Andersonposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                  Relative to your "kid" example, I agree, and I wasn't arguing the equivalency of the wrongs. Except, maybe I was to Cred. He did in this thread, and in other threads maintained the stance I described in my reply to him.

                  However, If the measure between the wrongness of the Democrats wanting to ignore the accepted rules of Senate procedures in order to achieve their political goals, and the wrongness of Pres. Trump's promotion of election fraud is to be judged, I would view them as equivalent—they both sought to corrupt our system of democracy.

                  I don't see the Democrats rationalizing aborting Senate rules for political gain as a small thing, (like the kid stealing a cookie).

                  GA

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                    PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                    I really cannot agree. I see it as politics as usual, certainly no worse than MConnell's multitude of shenanigans in recent years.

                    I might add that I have a philosophical belief that sometimes moral imperatives justify breaking the rules. Speeding to get a dying man to the hospital, for example. I'm not saying that is the situation here; I really haven't given it enough thought to have a strong opinion.

                    However, I do think the motivation for ignoring a rule can be justification.

              2. Credence2 profile image82
                Credence2posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                You still don't get it.

                I did not say that the Democrats are angels as few politicians are.

                But there is such a thing as proportionality.

                You're upset about the idea of the Dems deciding to dispense with the filibuster? What did the republicans do when it was time to pass their massive tax cuts for the fat cats or  this thing about Obamacare they wanted to repeal, did they seek Democrat Party imput? At this point, I don't care what republicans think,  they will just take it without the benefit of KY, if necessary. That is explicit and not a Freudian slip, by the way.

                https://secondnexus.com/georgia-gop-res … ing-rights

                One of theirs had a slip which is not so much a glitch but the real motive behind the GOP and their so called claims of wanting to protect voter integrity and all of that rot.

                This not just congressional inhouse games but a threat to the Democratic process itself

                Republicans claim vote fraud in the last election that they never believed that they ever had to prove. Did Gore or Hillary Clinton threaten the very process when they lost under circumstances far more subject to review than 2020?

                Are Republicans afraid that they cannot win on the value of their ideas and policies without the need to restrict access to the ballot?

                SO, there is a difference. It is a dance with fascism thinking that the more difficult it is for people to vote the better your chances? It is a unacceptable attitude. But, you being so awashed in red and such, perhaps you cannot not see it, but I do and there is not equivalency between the Democrats and Republicans in my opinion.

                Then there is of course the President of the United States who challenges the democratic process by inciting a mob of ruffians and fomenting riotous behavior against the Capitol building Washington. When have the Democrats ever behaved this way?

                They are not the same and has never been in my opinion for some time. But you need a bit more blue hue to see any of this, GA.

                1. wilderness profile image95
                  wildernessposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                  "This not just congressional inhouse games but a threat to the Democratic process itself"

                  You're absolutely right - even Democrats came right  out and said that the second impeachment attempt was solely to eliminate what could be their primary opposition in 2024.  Pretty bold, but at least for now they have the power in hand - the power to make such end run attempts to limit the people's choice.

                  1. Credence2 profile image82
                    Credence2posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                    Trumps behavior in 2019  could well have warrated the impeachment proceedings regarding the Ukraine controversy So, he was acquitted on partisan lines,  so what is the big deal?

                    What about Clinton in 1998, were not he Republicans relentless in this case and completely partisan?

                2. GA Anderson profile image90
                  GA Andersonposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                  I must disagree Cred. I think you are the one that is "still not getting it."

                  When it comes to the fundamentals of our political process there is no "proportionality" involved. Wrong is wrong, whether it be by Republicans or Democrats. Wrong does not become 'right' just because you support the cause of the wrong. Or less wrong because the end justifies the effort.

                  And you are "still not getting it" if you are reading my responses to be defending the Republicans.

                  You should be less worried about the "Red" in my thoughts and more concerned about what you are willing to condone because it agrees with your Blue.

                  I would quickly bet that if it were the Republicans promoting ignoring a parliamentarian ruling— purely for political gain, you would be bouncing off the walls with indignation.

                  GA

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                    PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

                    Hmm, I just did some reading and Schumer is saying they have ruled out going against the parliamentarian's ruling. I guess they're not as villainous as you thought. ;-)

    4. Sharlee01 profile image85
      Sharlee01posted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      After watching CPAC for the last few days -- one can see the party is on board with supporting Trump in a 2024 run.  Guess it's up to Trump if he decides to give it one more try.

  2. emge profile image79
    emgeposted 6 weeks ago

    Trump is needed in America to undo all the deleterious effects of Joe Biden.  He will contest in 2024 and win.

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      PrettyPantherposted 6 weeks agoin reply to this

      I am curious. Do you think Trump is the only person who can undo the deleterious effects of Biden?

 
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