And this: “There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.”
And even this about the rioters: “They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth — because he was angry he’d lost an election.”
McConnell’s speech was widely regarded as an attempt by the Senate Republican leader to make a clean break from Trump and move the party forward without him. McConnell seemed done with Trump — even though he voted to acquit the former President in the Senate impeachment trial — and he wanted every Republican to know it and follow his lead.
Which, um, OK. Let’s take McConnell at his word. If you do that, you are left with this:
Mitch McConnell is totally cool with Republicans nominating someone who he believes provoked a riot at the US Capitol because he couldn’t cope with the fact that he had lost an election.
There’s simply no other conclusion to be drawn here.
Pressed further by Swan, McConnell said: “I don’t get to pick the Republican nominee for president. They are elected by the Republican voters all over the country.”
That is a striking abdication of the leadership role he plays in the party.
The Point: Over the past 14 months, McConnell has adjusted his position on Trump because the base of the Republican Party never walked away from the former President as the Senate GOP leader clearly hoped they would. But that reality makes McConnell’s current position — in light of his past comments — pretty wild.