Fox News host Sean Hannity says it’s time for Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to step aside from his post after the Senate Republican leader turned on Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Examiner, Hannity slammed McConnell on Tuesday for having shown “contempt” for the former president and his base by supporting the ongoing impeachment effort.
Time for new leadership?
McConnell blamed Trump this week for having “provoked” a mob of supporters that stormed the Capitol in early January, hinting that he might convict Trump in an unprecedented impeachment trial of a former president; a conviction would make it possible to bar Trump from seeking federal office again.
The effort has divided the GOP between Trump loyalists and a Republican establishment, typified by McConnell, that Trump swept aside four years ago with his MAGA movement.
McConnell is said to want to purge Trump from the party, and apparently, the feeling is mutual with Trump’s ardent supporters.
Hannity called McConnell the “king of establishment Republicans” and said it’s time for “new leadership” that doesn’t fold against left-wing narratives.
“We need new leadership in the U.S. Senate,” he said Tuesday, as the Washington Examiner reported. “You’re showing, basically right now, that you are the king of the establishment Republicans that frankly have always had, and remain having, contempt for President Trump, but more importantly, the 75 million Americans that voted for him.”
A looming fight
Hannity also said that no Republicans should support the impeachment “charade,” but that he suspects a handful, like Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), might.
The Fox host accused McConnell of hatching a “scheme” with Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who gained the majority this week, and excoriated the Kentucky Republican as representing a “spineless” establishment that works to protect a “swamp” that wants to “cancel” Trump and his America First movement, Mediaite reported.
“Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision. Too many politicians in D.C. are just far too willing to go along, get along, and protect the swamp,” Hannity said, according to Mediaite.
“And that is why conservatives, like myself, well, we’re tired of these empty promises, and your rehearsed speeches, and never getting anything done,” he added.