It’s no secret that the left has been using the events of January 6, 2021, for their own purposes. However, one high-ranking Republican seems to have been in on that.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sided with House Democrats who began impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol, Breitbart reported. McConnell was a longtime critic of the former president and pounced following the incident, though not publicly.
“The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a b—- for us,” McConnell reportedly said behind closed doors. “If this isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is.”
Many opportunistic Democrats were quick to blame the former president when a group of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol as the electoral votes were being certified. Some Republicans like McConnell were eager to throw in with them, even if not publicly.
Democrats presented articles of impeachment against Trump on the basis that he “incited” the “insurrection,” NPR reported at the time. By that time, Trump had already left office and President Joe Biden had been sworn in, meaning there was more to be gained from this motion than removing him from office.
However, Trump would be acquitted from all of the charges even though seven Republicans voted with the Democrats in the 43 to 57 vote, falling short of the necessary 67 for conviction. McConnell sided with the former president in that instance, but it was for a very cynical reason.
“I didn’t get to be leader by voting with five people in the conference,” McConnell reportedly later told a friend. However, Republican voters are not fooled by this scheme, as a recent YouGov poll revealed that McConnell’s unpopularity rating is second only to that of turncoat Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Republican voters have become savvier in identifying the political games played by establishment GOP fixtures. Trump promised to drain the swamp, and at the very least, he’s successfully flushed out all of the worst creatures.