While most Republicans on Capitol Hill stand behind Donald Trump, there are a few who support impeachment. This includes several of the highest-ranking members of the GOP.
For example, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could vote to convict the former President. He hasn’t confirmed his vote yet but if it’s against Trump, he could be in trouble.
Senate Republicans have sent a very clear message: “Watch your step, Mitch.”
McConnell has already confirmed that he plans to “listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate.” And he hasn’t said that he’ll back the former President.
This has led to growing concern among the GOP, so they’re sending a stern warning right now.
Senate Republicans are reportedly firing warning shots ahead of the looming impeachment trial for former President Trump, suggesting that they will no longer be able to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as leader if he votes to convict the former president.
The question is whether or not Trump incited the riots in Washington D.C., and if guilty, whether or not his actions warrant impeachment.
Most Republicans have supported Trump throughout the impeachment proceedings, though 10 have already said they’d vote against the former POTUS.
McConnell hasn’t announced his final decision one way or another. But he should be careful, because a few right-wing Senators are already talking:
‘If he does, I don’t know if he can stay as leader,’ one unnamed senior GOP senator said, according to CNN.
This Senator said “several of his colleagues” shared this viewpoint. Then there’s Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who also said he wouldn’t continue to support McConnell if he voted to convict:
No, no, no, … I don’t even think we should be having a trial.
The Democrat-controlled House has already voted to impeach Trump, but now it has to move through the Senate. That will be a trickier proposition.
During a recent speech, McConnell did seem to blame Trump – at least partially – by saying “the mob was fed lies” and they were “provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
That’s why his GOP peers are a little worried that McConnell will turn on Trump when the trial hits the Senate.
But if he does, it could prove to be a very bad move for his political career.
- Senate Republicans are warning Mitch McConnell: if he decides to convict Trump, they won’t support him anymore.
- One GOP Rep. said if McConnell votes to impeach, he shouldn’t remain as the Republican leader in the Senate.
- McConnell hasn’t confirmed his vote yet. But he did seem to accuse the president of “provoking” the D.C. mob.