A conservative commentator bashed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for trying to have it both ways on former president Donald Trump's impeachment.
The Bulwark writer-at-large Tim Miller appeared on The Daily Beast's 'New Abnormal' podcast, where he said the Kentucky Republican was worse than "sociopath" Sen. Ted Cruz or Qanon-adjacent Rep. Lauren Boebert.
"The most galling statements for me were the ones from the Mitch McConnells and the Rob Portmans and the Marco Rubios after they voted to acquit Donald Trump, basically saying, 'Well, you know, the whole coup thing was kind of bad and I wish you wouldn't have tried to do it, and I wish a cop wouldn't have died, and you know, he made some bad choices -- but, you know, I had no choice,'" Miller said.
Those three GOP senators voted to acquit Trump, along with all but seven others, after McConnell used the last of his powers as majority leader to delay the trial until after Joe Biden's inauguration -- and then declined to convict on the dubious legal argument that it's unconstitutional to impeach a former president.
"For Mitch McConnell to be like, 'I really wanted to do it, but' -- bullsh*t," Miller said. "The only reason that you didn't do it was because of you. It is galling. Give me a hundred Lauren Boeberts — who are too stupid to know that it was bad, or Ted Cruzes — who are sociopaths — over Mitch McConnell, trying to try to tell me that he has some feelings about this. Give me a break."
Miller doesn't want to hear any of the 43 senators who voted to acquit complain about Trump dragging the party down.
"I know that many listeners will think that Mitch McConnell doesn't have a soul at all, and that's understandable," Miller said. "But he actually does have a flicker of one. He does love the Senate, you know, and he wanted to be able to emote about that in his weird Mitch McConnell way, and that's what actually makes it worse"
"Don't try to memorialize to me," he added. "You had an opportunity to do something you didn't. You made the craven move. You sided with the insurrectionists."