Just how thoroughly has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell been playing for Team Trump and Team Putin? This summer, McConnell single handedly blocked legislation that would have provided funding to protect the 2020 election against foreign interference from Russia and other bad actors. It became such a huge scandal, McConnell picked up the name “Moscow Mitch.”
Then came the events of the past few days. A whistleblower report has revealed that Donald Trump has been making inappropriate promises to world leaders, in an apparent last ditch effort at tilting the 2020 election in his favor. One of those leaders is now confirmed to be the president of Ukraine, who reportedly rebuffed Trump’s offer. Another of those leaders is thought to be Vladimir Putin.
It’s not difficult to see how this scandal could destroy Donald Trump, and take down everyone trying to protect him, before we even get to the 2020 election. So what is Mitch McConnell doing about it? Today he announced that not only is he going to allow a vote on the 2020 election security bill, he’s now co-sponsoring it.
Mitch McConnell is suddenly screaming, as loudly as he can, that he has nothing to do with whatever 2020 election rigging schemes Donald Trump has gotten caught trying to cook up with world leaders. If you’ve been paying close attention, you know that’s a lie. But there’s a reason McConnell has lasted as long as he has, despite his blatant corruption: he knows when to cut and run. McConnell is suddenly distancing himself from Trump and Putin, just as Trump’s whistleblower scandal is exploding. Looks like Mitch is now betting against Trump surviving this.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report