BREAKING: Horrible News for Mitch McConnell

August 12, 2017

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been feeling the heat from pro-Trump groups and other conservatives, and now, one of the Senate’s most powerful groups wants him out.

The Senate Conservatives Fund said on Thursday that McConnell should be removed as the Senate Majority Leader.

“Now is the time to replace Mitch McConnell. Not next year. Not 2020. Right now,” the group asserted.

Multiple Failures, Multiple Excuses

One of the primary issues driving the Senate Conservatives Fund’s call-to-action is McConnell’s failed promise to repeal Obamacare “root and branch,” the group stated. This, along with the failure of Senate Republicans to carry out key pieces of President Trump’s agenda, has led the Fund to announce its disapproval of McConnell.

“It’s now the second week of August,” the group wrote, “and Mitch McConnell is making excuses and blaming others while the Senate is on a month-long recess.”

President Trump has even mused about the idea of McConnell stepping down. When Senate Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare for the second time this year, he took to Twitter and the media to vent his frustrations with McConnell.

In response, McConnell has railed against President Trump’s “excessive expectations,” and has cited Trump’s political inexperience for his anger against the supposedly-unproductive Senate Republicans.

President Trump struck back in a Tweet: “After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”

Frustration Mounting

Much of the bad blood between McConnell and President Trump stems from the president’s recent issuance of a “To-Do” list for McConnell and Senate Republicans. At the top of this list is the repeal of Obamacare, the funding of President Trump’s planned infrastructure program and the overhaul of the U.S. tax code.

Media outlets have dubbed the list as “daunting,” but most recognize that President Trump’s demands are based on clear logic.

In 2016, the Republican party won a sweeping victory when voters gave them the Oval Office, the House and the Senate. All of this could dissolve in 2018, however, and some are already predicting that Democrats will sweep the polls next year.

Others predict just the opposite, citing repeat Democratic failures since the 2016 election.

Whatever the case, President Trump recognizes that there has never been a better opportunity to enact his “America First” agenda than right now. If this moment is wasted because of Washington’s glacial pace, then McConnell may get the ax sooner rather than later.


Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a writer based in Boston. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic Magazine and The Daily Caller. He has an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Vermont and Bachelors degrees in English Literature and History from West Virginia University. He is currently an officer with the U.S. Naval Reserve.