According to New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, who interviewed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) For their book, This will not pass: Trump, Biden and the battle for American democracyMcConnell was “elated” at the potential damage of the January 6 insurrection over former President Donald Trump.
McConnell felt “elated that this guy finally got completely discredited,” according to the book. The exchange was reported by multiple news outlets ahead of the book’s publication next month.
“He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger,” McConnell said, according to the book. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time.” In fact, McConnell “looked almost lively” and who said Trump was “pretty completely discredited”.
McConnell has criticized the former president more than once and indicated that he is trying to move on to ensuring that Republicans regain a majority in the Senate after suffering significant setbacks under the Trump administration.
The relationship between Trump and McConnell has been largely strained since McConnell recognized President Joe biden as the winner of the 2020 general election even as Trump staged a failed campaign to overturn the election results that culminated in the January 6 Capitol uprising.
Trump has expressed his distaste for McConnell as he makes public appearances to support republicans in the medium term and gather support for a potential presidential run in 2024.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.