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Mitch McConnell said he was “shocked” to learn that he plays a “ruthless” political style.
“My wife thinks I’m a really nice guy,” he told Axios. “My children like me.”
“I’m very comfortable with my moral red line,” McConnell added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he was “shocked” to learn he was seen as a “ruthless” politician, adding that his wife and children loved him.
“You’re known for playing a ruthless political style,” Axios’ Jonathan Swan told McConnell in an interview. “Where do you draw your moral red lines? »
McConnell laughed, then replied, “I didn’t know I was known for playing a ruthless role – I thought, my wife thinks I’m a really nice guy.” McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, served as President Donald Trump’s transportation secretary from 2017 to 2021 and President George W. Bush’s labor secretary from 2001 to 2009.
“My kids love me. I have a lot of friends,” McConnell added. “I’m shocked to hear such a comment.”
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Swan pressed McConnell, saying some people in the country might agree with the “ruthless” characterization and asking him again where he draws his “moral red lines”.
“I’m perfectly comfortable with the way I’ve conducted my political career,” said McConnell, who has served in the Senate since 1985. “I’m very comfortable with my moral red line.”
Swan then asked McConnell to explain his thinking behind supporting Trump after condemning him for the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. In the Senate on February 13, 2021, McConnell said that “Trump’s actions preceding the riot was a disgraceful dereliction of duty. “
“There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events of that day,” he said at the time.
Swan asked the GOP leader about his “moral red line.”
“How do you go from saying that to two weeks later saying you would absolutely support Donald Trump if he’s the Republican leader in 2024?” asked Swan.
McConnell defended his position, explaining that he has an “obligation” to support anyone nominated by the Republican Party.
“As the Senate Republican leader, it shouldn’t make headlines that I would support the Republican presidential candidate,” he said. Trump has not launched a 2024 presidential bid, but has repeatedly hinted that he may run again.
As Swan continued to question McConnell about his position, the Republican leader replied, “I say a lot of things that I’m sure people don’t understand.”
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