Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday promised to shield Joe Biden from a push for impeachment, telling reporters that the wildly unpopular Biden regime is here to stay despite a disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal that saw 13 American soldiers killed and the Taliban armed with billions of dollars in United States military equipment.
“Well, look, the president is not going to be removed from office,” said McConnell, who was asked if he would support a push for impeachment over the Afghanistan withdrawal. “There isn’t going to be an impeachment,” he added. McConnell then suggested Biden’s performance would result in establishment Republicans making big gains in the 2022 midterm elections, and described the soaring unpopularity of Biden as “buyer’s remorse.”
Despite being friendly with Democrats by advancing Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill that would see drivers taxed per mile, supporting anti-gun, pro-Antifa Attorney General Merrick Garland when he was appointed by Biden. and publicly accusing President Donald Trump of inciting violence on January 6 and suggesting a criminal investigation – even though he voted to acquit him – McConnell has gained few friends on the left.
As National File previously reported, some on the left believe McConnell stole his 2020 Senate reelection using the same type of fraud that many say resulted in Joe Biden winning the presidential election. McConnell also remains a bogeyman to leftists on Twitter, who blame him for the Supreme Court refusing to stop a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.
At the same time, McConnell has soured his relationship with the Republican base. As President Trump highlighted earlier this year, McConnell has extensive family ties to China that enriched him heavily. His wife, Elaine Chao, is the daughter of shipping magnets James and Ruth Chao, and the sister of businesswoman Angela Chao, who was appointed to a position on the Bank of China’s board of directors in 2016. He inherited $30 million after the death of Ruth, who owned a shipping titan that, while nominally based in the United States, worked almost exclusively with China and never flew the United States flag while sailing.
Following a lengthy public feud with President Donald Trump that began in the days following the 2020 election, with McConnell at one point allegedly blackmailing the 45th President, using the threat of impeachment to influence his pardons, McConnell was not invited to CPAC in 2021. President Trump has bashed McConnell repeatedly, blaming him for the narrow loss of the Senate in 2021, and referring to him as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” who does not deserve the respect he receives in Washington, D.C. McConnell became so unpopular after betraying President Trump that one county in Kentucky demanded his resignation.
At one point this year, the relationship became so sour that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went to Florida to visit with President Trump and urge him to end his feud with the establishment Republican leader. Graham is widely seen as McConnell’s logical replacement by the establishment, and McConnell is reportedly working on an exit strategy with the Kentucky Republican Party that would allow him to retire before the end of his term.