Mitch McConnell Will 'Pay' For Years For Failing To Convict Donald Trump, Attorney Says

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Attorney and author Seth Abramson believes that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be harmed politically by failing to ensure Donald Trump was convicted in the recent impeachment trial.

"Trump won't ever stop his attack on McConnell," he tweeted

"The situation calls to mind, 'When you come at the king, you best not miss.' McConnell had a chance to whip 9 of his Senate GOP colleagues prior to the final vote to convict Trump, and he declined to. Now he'll pay for it, for years."

 

McConnell Is Already Facing Backlash From Some Republicans

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking on the Senate floor.
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Abramson's comment was in response to a Washington Post report about a Kentucky Republican Party chairman's call for McConnell to resign over his comment's on Trump's responsibility for the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Don Thrasher, chairman of the Nelson County Republican Party, released a statement on Tuesday in which he slammed McConnell's leadership and suggested he does not represent the Republican voters who elected him. According to Thrasher, McConnell must resign for his criticism of the former president.

McConnell Attacked Trump After Voting To Acquit Him

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After Trump's acquittal in the Senate, McConnell — who voted to acquit — argued on the Senate floor that Trump could face criminal prosecution for his purported role in the January 6 riot, CNN reported. 

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal released not long afterward, McConnell argued that Trump "bears moral responsibility" for the storming of the historic American building.

"His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended."

Trump Responded By Slamming McConnell

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In a statement released after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, Trump took aim at McConnell.

"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again," the statement read.

"He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country."

Trump continued to claim he would support any candidates who primary McConnell and are supportive of the "Making America Great Again" movement and its "America First" policy.

The Clash Could Harm The Republican Party As A Whole

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The clash between Trump and McConnell could harm more than just the 78-year-old politician's career. According to Global News, the battle between the pair could threaten the Republican Party's path to regaining power.

The publication pointed to leading GOP strategists, who allegedly believe that the feud could be a "direct threat" to the GOP's path to gaining majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in 2022.

Steven Law, a McConnell ally who leads the most powerful Republican-aligned super PAC in Washington, claimed that Trump has no concerns about Republican Party victories.

“He just wants it to be about himself," he said.