On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he and his party would not fight to impeach President Joe Biden and said Republicans should focus more on the midterm election.
McConnell argued that it’s better to wait and vote – and that impeachment won’t happen because Democrats are in charge.
“Well, look, the president is not going to be removed from office,” McConnell said at a Kentucky event. “There’s a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen.”
Democrats hold a razor thin majority in both houses of Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican calls to remove President Biden from office over the Afghanistan withdrawal were impractical, and urged GOP voters to focus instead on next year’s midterm elections https://t.co/VgiG2CdkG9
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 1, 2021
McConnell: ‘There Isn’t Going To Be An Impeachment’
When McConnell was asked if Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal warranted an impeachment, McConnell sternly answered, “There isn’t going to be an impeachment.”
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Republicans in both the House and Senate have called for the president’s resignation over the Afghanistan debacle, or have called for forcible removal via the 25th Amendment for what they view as Biden’s dereliction of duty as Commander-in-Chief.
McConnell urged Republicans to focus on the upcoming midterm elections where high public disapproval of Biden could work to Republicans’ advantage.
McConnell said voters in the upcoming election could hold Biden and his party accountable.
“The report card you get is every two years,” McConnell said. “I think the way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box.”
McConnell, in Kentucky, pours cold water on GOP calls for Biden’s ouster: “The president’s not going to be removed from office with a Democratic House… There isn’t going to be an impeachment.” pic.twitter.com/KjKtpUUVVM
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 1, 2021
McConnell Won’t Fight
“I do think we’re likely to see a typical kind of midterm reaction to a new administration. … Typically there is some buyer’s remorse,” he said.
“Most of you are not political junkies, you’ve got better things to do than that,” McConnell continued. “But you’ll be interested in one statistic: only twice in American history – only twice – has the president gained seats in Congress two years into the first term.”
“I think the American people have to decide what kind of government they want,” McConnell added. “I have a feeling the American people didn’t think they voted for this government.”
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