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McConnell and January 6th, “ He talks the talk but only talks the talk when it benefits him and his money schemes”.  Former President Trump's actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty," Sen. Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor in the wake of Trump's acquittal last February from an impeachment charge for his actions (and lack thereof) on January 6. “  There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their President."

A week after the Capitol riot, Rep. Kevin McCarthy was similarly blunt. “  The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters," McCarthy said. "He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding. These facts require immediate action by President Trump."

In the year since those comments, McConnell has gone silent about Trump while McCarthy has slunk back into Trump's good graces by trying to rewrite the history of January 6 -- and Trump's role in it. The party has generally followed suit, with few Republican elected officials willing to stand up and say that Trump lost the election fair and square and that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. So few have been willing to step out of line because a significant majority of the Republican base now believes the lie that the election was stolen from Trump.

Staying silent or even defending something you know to be false is, quite literally, the opposite of what leadership looks like. Real leaders stand up for what they believe to be right -- even if their constituents don't always agree. Because leadership isn't going along to get along. It's putting yourself on the line when it really matters to stand up and do what needs to be done for the good of the country.

Cheney's critique of his own party's leaders goes directly to that leadership question. And every Republican in Congress should stop what they're doing and listen to him.



Hideous History  —   Born February 20, 1942 is an American politician and retired attorney serving as Senate Minority Leader since 2021 and as the senior United States senator from Kentucky, a seat he has held since 1985.  A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as Senate Majority Leader from 2015 to 2021, and as Minority Leader from 2007 to 2015.

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McConnell was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and is the second Kentuckian to serve as a party leader in the Senate. During the 1998 and 2000 election cycles, he was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He was elected Majority Whip in the 108th Congress and re-elected to the post in 2004. In November 2006 he was elected Senate Minority Leader – the post he held until Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015.

McConnell holds conservative political positions, although he was known as a pragmatist and a moderate Republican early in his political career. He led opposition to stricter campaign finance laws, culminating in the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. FEC that partially overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold)

 in 2010. McConnell worked to withhold Republican support for major presidential initiatives during the Obama administration, having made frequent use of the filibuster, and blocked many of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees, including Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. 

During the Trump administration, the Senate Republican majority under his leadership confirmed a record number of federal appeals court judges during a president's first two years and won confirmation battles on Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court. 

While supportive of many of Trump's policies, McConnell was critical of Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and despite voting to acquit on Trump's second impeachment trial on reasons related to the constitutionality of impeaching a former president, deemed him "practically and morally responsible" for the 2021 United States Capitol attack.

McConnell is married to former secretary of transportation and former secretary of labor Elaine Chao. In 2015 and 2019, We  listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential and despicable people in the world.  Along with Hitler, Stalin, Duarte, Putin and Wily Coyote.


Reality Sidebar —  Without competition even close, McConnell is the lowest form of human being in the world running close with Donald T-RUMP,  Adolf Hitler,  Ho Ch Min and KIM JUNG UN.  He lies, he cheats, he steals, he cajoles  he threatens and obstruction is his best weapon of destruction.

A new poll released on Friday shows that a majority of Kentuckians disapprove of their state's senior senator, the GOP leader Mitch McConnell.  A survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy found that 53 percent of Kentuckians disapproved of McConnell’s performance as one of Kentucky’s senators, compared to 41 percent who approve. Six percent were unsure.

The poll comes months after McConnell won another term in the Senate. He coasted to victory in November over Democrat Amy McGrath, earning 58 percent of the vote to McGrath's 38 percent.

McConnell suffered from poor approval ratings ahead of his reelection bid, giving Democrats hope of winning the race. But as with past cycles, the Democratic hopes ended with disappointment.   McConnell has faced challenges since November with division in his party.  

He surprised many observers in January after a pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol by signaling it was possible he could vote to convict former President Trump in an impeachment panel.   The GOP leader has since voted against the constitutionality of an impeachment trial against a former president and is widely expected to vote against impeachment. 

Still, it seems possible the divisions over Trump are a reason for McConnell's lower ratings in his home state.  Among Kentucky Republicans, 62 percent approved of McConnell while 29 percent disapproved. Seventy-three percent of Democrats disapproved of McConnell and 23 percent approved.

Thirty Years Of Scumbaggery  —  Fittingly enough, it was hot as blazes in Kentucky when Mitch McConnell slunk back home for Congress’ annual summer recess. One week earlier, Robert Mueller had testified that Russia was meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, responded by shooting down Democrats’ efforts to bring two election-security bills to a vote — bills that McConnell, in his familiar fashion, had previously sentenced to quiet deaths after they passed the House. In the hailstorm of opprobrium that followed, McConnell had been tagged by “Morning Joe” Scarborough with the indelible nickname “Moscow Mitch.” TheWashington Post’s Dana Milbank called him a “Russian asset.” Twitter couldn’t decide whether he was #putinsbitch or #trumpsbitch. The Kentucky Democratic Party was selling red “Just Say Nyet to Moscow Mitch” T-shirts, emblazoned with an image of the senator’s jowly visage in a Cossack hat, as fast as they could print them up.

McConnell would undoubtedly have preferred to cool his heels in his Louisville home and let the storm subside. But he couldn’t afford that luxury. The biggest political event of the year in Kentucky, the Fancy Farm Picnic, happens on the first Saturday every August, and McConnell knew he had to show his face and speak. 

The Fancy Farm —  Fancy Farm, a 139-year tradition in the tiny western Kentucky town (population 458) it’s named for, is simultaneously one of America’s most charming political gatherings and one of its most brutal. On the one hand, it’s a pint-size Iowa State Fair in a prettier setting with better food, raising money for the local St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. The smoke from hundreds of pounds of pit-cooked mutton and pork barbecue wafts over a small carnival with bands plunking out bluegrass and country standards. Thousands of folks mingle, waving themselves with fans provided by the local candidates who glad-hand their way around the festivities.

But the mood shifts around 2 p.m., when the day’s main entertainment — the “political speaking” — begins. Under a big corrugated shelter, hooting and hollering Republican partisans assemble on the right, Democrats on the left, and candidates for office — joined, almost always, by McConnell — enter to cheers and jeers and seat themselves on a makeshift platform while trying to remember their most cutting quips about their opponents. 

Speakers at Fancy Farm aren’t supposed to persuade or inform; here, they’re expected to demonstrate, in the finest tradition of old-style Southern politics, that they can deliver zingers that cut the opposition down to size. Heather Henry, the Democrats’ candidate for secretary of state this year, puts it aptly when it’s her turn to face the mob: “It is no coincidence that Fancy Farm happens during Shark Week.”

It’s McConnell’s kind of event, in other words, and he’s done his part over the years to ramp up the partisan rancor. “My favorite year was 1994,” he once told a reporter. “I took a cardboard cutout of Bill Clinton onto the stage and defied the Democrats to come over and have their picture taken with it.” When a congressman took up the challenge, the photo ended up in Republican ads. He lost in November. 

Last summer, after months of waving through President Trump’s judicial nominees, McConnell opened his remarks with a typically pointed jab — “Father, I’ve been preparing for my visit to the parish by performing as many confirmations as I can” — then stood back, his thin lips curling up slightly into the look of smug satisfaction that happens whenever he’s gotten one over on the liberals.

Russian Mob Money —  This year, it was no use. Even before “Moscow Mitch” became a thing, Kentucky Democrats were smelling blood. McConnell has been unpopular in his home state for years, but his approval rating plunged in one poll to a rock-bottom 18 percent — with a re-election campaign looming in 2020. In January, he had raised red flags among Republicans and -Democrats alike when he took a key role in lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally under FBI investigation for his involvement in 2016 election-meddling; three months later, Deripaska’s aluminum company, Rusal, announced a $200 million investment in Kentucky. A billboard funded by a -liberal group was subsequently erected on a busy stretch of I-75: “Russian mob money . . . really, Mitch?” 

More recently, reports emerged that McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, had set up a pipeline in her department to funnel grants to Kentucky to lift her husband’s political prospects. And as Trump’s trade war with China escalated, uncomfortable old stories began to recirculate about how McConnell “evolved” after he met his future wife in the early Nineties, going from being a fierce China hawk to a potent ally on Capitol Hill. Chao’s father, James — a Chinese American shipping magnate and close friend of former People’s Republic dictator Jiang Zemin — gave McConnell and his wife a huge gift in 2008 that boosted the senator’s net worth from less than $8 million to nearly $20 million. While “Beijing Mitch” doesn’t have quite the same ring as his new moniker, McConnell’s change of heart on Russia was hardly without precedent. (McConnell declined to comment for this story.)

Plus, McConnell made an unusual blunder in July. When a group of former coal miners suffering from black-lung disease caravaned to Washington to ask the senator for help, he met with them for only two minutes, leading to terrible headlines. As Fancy Farm got underway, coal miners in Harlan County were holding a protest that made news throughout the state. Their company had declared bankruptcy without warning and was refusing to pay their final paychecks, and the miners were blocking the tracks to prevent rail cars from shipping $1 million worth of the coal. As the protest stretched into late August, the site became a 24-hour encampment, attracting activists and food donations from around the country, and was visited by nearly every Kentucky politician except McConnell.   

Practically every story featured the miners cursing the senator. “He’s not pro-coal,” said miner Collin Cornette. “I don’t even think he’s pro-Kentucky.”

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