This week’s drama in the House of Representatives showed the differences in leadership style between Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell. McCarthy was completely compromised by Donald Trump.
When the former president first started the uprising on January 6, McCarthy proclaimed him. After the House minority leader was called to Mar-a-Lago, he returned to Washington with Team Trump fully on board.
McConnell largely ignored Trump, pretending that the Senate Republicans were perfectly ready to go ahead without him. And when the Senate minority leader was asked about Liz Cheney, who was recently punished by McCarthy for beating Trump, he paid her a nice compliment.
Fox News asked Kentucky lawmakers if he was still calling Cheney “important leader in our party and our nation? “
“Well, there is no change, ”he replied. “I stand by what I said earlier about Liz Cheney. I am a great admirer of her. But who is to be in the leadership of the house rests with the Republicans of the house. “
When pressured for the fall of Cheney, he continued: “Look, it’s up to the house to make such decisions. “
McConnell was also asked about Donald Trump and his continued claims that the election had been stolen. He answered, “I supported the president’s right to use the legal system, dozens of lawsuits. …. But time and again, the courts denied these claims, including the all-star judges the president himself nominated. “
Kentucky lawmakers have so far pretended not to need Trump. It will be interesting to see if this is still the case during mid-2022.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.