As Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mulls whether to convict former President Donald Trump in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer says that the former Senate majority leader will face serious Trump-related problems in the next four years no matter what he chooses.
In particular, Mayer said that McConnell has to be concerned about a vengeance-hungry Trump running primary challengers against any Republican senators who have been insufficiently loyal to him.
"If his aim is to win in 2022, get back to majority, he needs to keep his caucus with him. he needs to have his members get re-elected," she said. "And basically, what Trump is doing now is vowing vengeance against anybody who might go against him and saying he will run primary challengers against them. So this is a nightmare for Mitch McConnell."
Mayer said that McConnell's current dilemma stems from the Faustian bargain he cut with Trump to protect him from accountability in exchange for getting conservative judicial nominations.
"McConnell has hated Trump from the start, basically, and he's told people so," she said. "But he's just kept his mouth shut while he could get what he could out of Trump, and so they kind of held hands and held their noses."
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