Mitch McConnell endorses Trump despite past differences

 March 7, 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has long been known for having a frosty relationship with former President Donald Trump.

Yet in an unexpected move, McConnell made headlines this week when he endorsed the former president. 

"We worked together to accomplish great things for the American people"

According to The Washington Times, McConnell put out a statement one day after Trump pulled off an overwhelming victory on Super Tuesday.

"It is abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the requisite support of Republican voters to be our nominee for President of the United States," the Times quoted McConnell as saying.

"During his Presidency, we worked together to accomplish great things for the American people including tax reform that supercharged our economy and a generational change of our federal judiciary," McConnell went on to recall.

Trump and McConnell worked to reshape the Supreme Court

The 82-year-old Kentucky Republican went on to stress how "[i]t should come as no surprise that as nominee, he will have my support."

McConnell's endorsement came the same day that former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley suspended her campaign, thus all but guaranteeing Trump's nomination.

The Times recalled how despite their differences, McConnell and Trump "single-handedly changed the shape of the Supreme Court" by securing the confirmation of three justices.

However, the two will not be working together again even if Trump is reelected as McConnell announced late last month that he will be retiring.

McConnell brushes off questions about January 6 and Trump's criminal charges

McConnell was later asked at a press conference whether he was "comfortable" endorsing Trump given that he had harshly criticized the former president's behavior following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

"On February the 25, 2021, shortly after the attack on the Capitol, I was asked a similar question. And I said, I would support the nominee for president even if it was the former president," the longtime senator responded.

McConnell was unmoved when another reporter brought up Trump's ongoing legal difficulties, stating, "I don't have anything to add to what I just said."

"I said in February of 2021, shortly after the attack on the Capitol, that I would support President Trump if he were the nominee of our party and he obviously is going to be the nominee of our party," McConnell went on to add.

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