Mitch McConnell described Donald Trump as 'crazy' following the Capitol insurrection: new book
A new book is shedding light on how Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) really felt about former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
According to The Guardian, McConnell reportedly referred to Trump as "crazy" in the aftermath of the insurrection.
McConnell's concerns are detailed in the book Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump, co-written by Politico's Rachael Bade and The Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian. The news outlet's report is based on an excerpt of the book that has been released.
According to the authors, McConnell expressed concern about Trump during a conversation with staffers in his office at the U.S. Capitol. “We’ve all known that Trump is crazy,” he said. “I’m done with him. I will never speak to him again.”
The authors added, “while McConnell was ready to be done with Trump, his party, it seemed, was not. To his chagrin, a large chunk of his members were once again coalescing around the former president. And they were about to put him in a bind.”
Just twenty days after that, the high-ranking Republican lawmaker fretted over what he “knew would be one of the most pivotal votes of his career.”
It was reported that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pushed the vote in an effort to declare Trump’s second impeachment in connection with the Capitol insurrection as unconstitutional.
Per the news outlet, "The authors report that McConnell and an aide argued about the issue. But though the Senate leader wasn’t convinced by Paul’s argument, he 'had never led such a rebellion' against another Republican and 'wasn’t sure he was up to the task.'"
The writers also wrote that McConnell inquired with one of them about the 25th Amendment, which deems it constitutionally necessary to remove a president from office when he is unfit to lead. “He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger,” the writers quoted McConnell saying. “Couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
Burns and Martin further noted that the top-ranking Senate leader believed that he would regain control of the political party. “We crushed the sons of b*tches [before] and that’s what we’re going to do in the primary in ’22,” he said.
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