(RightIsRight.co) – As the Senate impeachment trial is underway, some lawmakers look to their leaders for guidance on how to vote. But, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) let the GOP down this week as he chooses not to pressure lawmakers.
According to three reports given to Bloomberg News, McConnell signaled to Republicans that they should make a “vote of conscience” when choosing whether or not to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection. Although McConnell voted that the trial was unconstitutional on Tuesday, this latest comment shows the Senate leader failed to follow through and lead his party, likely due to pressure from the media and party outsiders.
News contributor Kambree shared the implications of McConnell’s lack of leadership:
Red State: Mitch McConnell is reportedly telling Senate Republicans that the final vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment is a matter of conscience and as a result, he will not hold them to uniform opposition to the charge that Trump incited the Capitol riot.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) February 10, 2021
By choosing not to pressure Republicans to protect Trump, McConnell has stopped doing his job of rallying GOP support. Rather than standing firm against Democrats’ blatantly partisan political games, McConnell played like putty into their hands. While McConnell could still vote against convicting Trump, his lack of clarity during this time has certainly not won him any points within the party.
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