McConnell said he would no longer be intimidated by Trump’s endorsements and instead promised to “actively” seek “quality candidates” for 2024.
“Here’s what I think has changed: I think the former president’s political clout has gone down,” McConnell said flatly.
Trump’s waning power makes Republicans “less inclined to accept any cards that might be dealt to us,” McConnell said.
McConnell accused Trump of damaging the party’s image among crucial independent and swing voters. He said the GOP underperformed in “every state” at the midpoint — including the red state of Ohio, which Republicans narrowly won — and called its performance “fatal” in Arizona, New Hampshire and Georgia.
“We lost the support we needed among independents and moderate Republicans, mainly because of the opinion they had of us as a party – largely made by the former president – that we were kind of mean and tended towards chaos,” McConnell said.
Trump has yet to respond to McConnell’s comments.
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