On CNN Monday, anchor Chris Cuomo tore into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his attempts to have it both ways on the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
"As you know, this holiday started as a memorial of President Washington's birthday," said Cuomo. "Let us remember his warning, right now, together, because clearly been forgotten in D.C. Washington warned us about letting parties get too partisan, because cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people. Could he describe our current state of political rest any more directly? He was talking about Senator Mitch McConnell. A guy who may resemble the bearing of the Washington era, but he is the poster boy for the partisan poisoning our very first president warned about."
"McConnell is everything when it comes to what ails us," continued Cuomo. "He says after January 6th, as most of his party is saying little or nothing, okay? Remember. After a summer of raging about every act of political violence they could find and some they made up. But he steps up and says Trump fed people lies. Yes, McConnell suggesting Trump had a role in the insurrection of January 6th. Then he begs to move the trial — not to rethink it. Not to question it. He never suggests that. But to move it to give it the time it warranted. Then comes the bait and switch. The trial he apparently, Mitch McConnell, saw as legitimate when he asked to move it was now not constitutional. And there is then suddenly no need to hold Trump to account."
"Then McConnell says, this should be a vote of conscience and is not sure which way he will go," added Cuomo. "Then he acquits Trump, despite the obvious and obnoxious role in seeding, sensationalizing, and springing the attack. Conscience? More like conscious of some darker motivation."
McConnell insists even after acquitting Trump that he still considers his conduct reprehensible and it should be adjudicated in court.