Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is really starting to dig himself a grave politically speaking by his overall seeming support of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
Many individuals believe such a trial is completely unconstitutional because an impeachment is only for a sitting president. It’s clear that Democrats want a conviction because that would prevent Trump from ever running for political office again.
While McConnell voted with the other 44 Republicans on Tuesday who are against holding these proceedings, he also stated that he’ll listen to the evidence that is presented.
“The trial hasn’t started yet,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters in the Capitol Wednesday. “And I intend to participate in that and listen to the evidence.”
Senate Democrats and five Republicans voted Tuesday to defeat a motion by Sen. Rand Paul to declare the impeachment trial unconstitutional.
Paul, a Kentucky Republican, argued Trump is no longer president and that the proceedings will be run by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, president pro tempore of the Senate, and not Chief Justice John Roberts, who would typically preside over a presidential impeachment trial.
When a reporter asked McConnell whether he is open to convicting Trump, McConnell didn’t answer.
McConnell is doing what he’s always done. He’s attempting to play both sides of the fence. He wants to appease the Trump supporter crowd because he now knows they are a huge and very powerful demographic of voters to have on your side.
However, he’s still a significant part of the establishment and wants to keep those folks happy too. At some point, the man is going to have to pick a side. Unfortunately, it’s not likely to be the patriots’ side.