A group of conservatives want to remove the GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from his post in the midst of his war of words with the president.
The Senate Conservatives Fund has been a longtime foe of the leader. They have begun urging supporters to pressure the Senate Republicans “to replace him now”.
“Mitch McConnell is making excuses and blaming others while the Senate is on a month-long recess. The problem isn’t that the president hasn’t been in his job very long; it’s that McConnell has been in his job for too long!”
At a Rotary Club event earlier this week McConnell said that Trump’s “excessive expectations” were to blame for the narrative that the party hadn’t accomplished anything. He said, “Our new president has of course not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process”.
According to the Senate Conservatives Fund, it wasn’t unreasonable to expect the “Republicans to keep their promises”. Especially because McConnell has been promising to repeal ObamaCare for years.
“Now is the time to replace Mitch McConnell. Not next year. Not in 2020. Right now. Otherwise, Republicans will squander this historic opportunity to enact conservative reforms.”
This push to remove the Majority Leader has come in the midst of the conservatives’ growing frustrations over their inability to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Last month, the Senate fell one vote short on a repeal bill.
Trump threatened McConnell this week. He suggested for McConnell to step down if he wasn’t able to pass GOP agenda items, which included healthcare, tax reform, and infrastructure. Trump has also been lashing out at McConnell in strings of tweets during the week and blaming him for the setback in healthcare.
However, any attempt to remove McConnell will face an uphill battle. The Senate Republicans will remain loyal to McConnell. He is well respected in the caucus and was even re-elected unanimously as their leader last year.
This isn’t the first time that McConnell has been targeted by the conservatives. Back in 2014, the fund ran ads against him. One even accused him of “trying to bully and intimidate conservatives”.