March 7, 2024

McConnell Endorses Trump After Super Tuesday Victories

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed former President Trump's re-election campaign on Wednesday.

The move came following Trump's acquisition of nearly 1,000 delegates from a commanding performance on Super Tuesday.

"It is abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the necessary support of Republican voters to be our nominee for President of the United States. It should come as no surprise that as the nominee, he will have my support," McConnell stated. "During his presidency, we collaborated to achieve significant accomplishments for the American people, including tax reform that revitalized our economy and a substantial transformation of our federal judiciary, notably the Supreme Court."

"I anticipate the opportunity to transition from defending against the detrimental policies pursued by the Biden administration to launching a proactive strategy aimed at genuinely improving the lives of the American people," McConnell added.

The endorsement follows the suspension of Trump's sole primary opponent, Nikki Haley's presidential campaign earlier that day.

McConnell, who celebrated his 82nd birthday last month, was the most senior member of Congress yet to endorse Trump.

His endorsement comes after previously criticizing Trump, holding him "morally responsible" for the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

McConnell attributed blame to Trump for instigating the riot and perpetuating "an entire manufactured atmosphere of imminent catastrophe" and "baseless myths" about the election. Despite his criticism, McConnell did not vote to convict Trump on impeachment charges.

McConnell's endorsement coincides with his announcement last week of stepping down as Republican leader to embark on "life's next chapter."

"One of life’s most underappreciated talents is knowing when it’s time to transition to life's next chapter," he declared on the Senate floor. "Therefore, I stand before you today... to announce that this will be my final term as Republican leader of the Senate."

"I still possess enough energy to thoroughly disappoint my critics, and I intend to do so with all the vigor they have grown accustomed to," McConnell concluded.

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