The numbers matter because McConnell—presently the most powerful Republican in elected office, pending the ascension of a new GOP House speaker—is a good representative of the RINO establishment. His failure to poll well may indicate that the Republican base would prefer for the party to move in a Trumpian direction.
When asked earlier this year about McConnell’s failures as leader of the GOP, Trump noted that he might not be up for the job.
“Well, I think he’s got a lot of pressure,” Trump said, noting that McConnell, like Biden and Pelosi, may be receiving marching orders from the Chinese government.
TRUMP: "I think Rick Scott would be much better than McConnell" as Republican Senate Majority Leader pic.twitter.com/FRAfdSiOgn
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 9, 2022
McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, is the daughter of shipping magnate James Chao, whose company maintains strong ties to China.
“His wife is a big person for Chinese investment, and his family and him in China,” Trump said. “I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
Many pointed to McConnell’s undermining of conservative candidates and foot-dragging in dispersal of funds through his Senate Leadership Fund as putting candidates at a disadvantage during the Nov. 8 election. By time McConnell committed to advertising dollars for key tossups, Democrats already had used mail-in voting to clinch the support of their own base.
But, in the wake of the failed red wave in the recent midterm, McConnell deflected blame, suggesting that Trump was at fault for failing to find quality candidates across the board.
McConnell: "Our ability to control the primary outcome was quite limited in 2022 because of the support of the former president. Hopefully in the next cycle, we'll have quality candidates everywhere." pic.twitter.com/ep0aatPWXl
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 13, 2022
“Our ability to control primary outcome was quite limited in ’22 because of the support of the former president proved to be very decisive in these primaries, so my view was do the best you can with the cards you’re dealt,” McConnell said, preferring to fund candidates like Lisa Murkowski, R-Ak., to America First types like Blake Masters.
McConnell, who is an election fraud-denier, has also been embroiled in recent financial scandals, particularly the FTX debacle.
The GOP leader received $2.5 million from the disgraced FTX cryptocurrency company, which has strong leftist ties, according to campaign finance reports.
In fact, McConnell was one of the top recipients of laundered Ukraine–FTX money, which has been almost entirely ignored by the corporate media and its allies.