Jen Psaki: ‘Real legacy’ of Mitch McConnell is ‘a cynic focused on power’

MSNBC’s Jen Psaki slammed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Ky.) “real legacy” as a “cynic focused on power.”

Psaki discussed McConnell’s announcement last week that he would be stepping down  from his leadership role in the Senate Republican conference next November. She said on “Inside with Jen Psaki” that his latest news is the “perfect moment” to discuss his legacy, “specifically his unwavering devotion to winning and winning at any cost.”

 In heated remarks, Psaki suggested that McConnell was for or against issues based on how politically beneficial they were to him. 

“He was for campaign finance reform before he realized that opposing it would mean raising far more unrestricted money, and that could politically be helpful to him. He was for voting rights until he realized that suppressing the vote might help Republicans win elections,” she said. 

She then pointed to McConnell holding up former President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court for 11 months in 2016, saying, at the time, it should be the choice of the American people in November.

“But that didn’t last long. Fast forward just a couple of years to 2020 when he flipped on his own McConnell rule to Russian Amy Coney Barrett into the court just weeks before the election, because it’s never been about sticking with principles for him. It’s been about power,” she added.

 She also said McConnell saw Trump as a “means to an end” because he could nominate conservatives to federal courts. She also noted that despite McConnell saying Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, he voted to acquit him in his second impeachment case.

“And so, Mitch McConnell was arguably the most powerful figure in Republican in the Republican Party is leaving his post as Republican Senate Leader diminished. That’s apparent from the lack of action on new Ukraine aid despite his insistence and his inability to keep his conference together to pass a bipartisan border bill, which tanked at the behest of Donald Trump,” she said. 

“And yet, despite all that, McConnell thinks about Trump, which we know he’s already said that if he is the Republican nominee, he will support him. And that’s the real legacy of Mitch McConnell, a cynic focused on power only to be swallowed by the monster that he enabled to obtain it,” she concluded.

The Hill has reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.

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Senate GOP lawmaker says it’s not a ‘close call’ when it comes to Trump vs. Biden’s mental fitness

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) appeared to brush off concerns about former President Trump’s mental acuity and, instead, spotlighted President Biden, who has faced mounting scrutiny on his mental fitness and ability to carry out a second term.

CBS News’s “Face The Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan brought up Trump’s apparent mix-up over the weekend when he confused former President Obama and Biden and also suggested U.S. troops were serving in Ukraine.

Asked if he is comfortable about Trump’s mental fitness, Sullivan said, “Yes, yes. Compared to the current president? 110 percent. And as your polling shows, I think the American people have real concerns [about] where President Biden is with regard to his fitness for office, particularly his mental acuity.”

“And relative to President Biden or relative to former President Trump, I don’t even think it’s a close call when you see the two in action,” he continued.

It’s not the first time Trump has appeared to mix up Obama and Biden’s names, and in November, he claimed  he had previously done so sarcastically to show “others” may have a “very big influence in running” the United States.

Both Trump and Biden have faced criticism for gaffes made in recent months. Trump is 77, 4 years younger than Biden. However, the current president has received an onslaught of criticism , especially following a special counsel report last month that called into question  the president’s well-being.

At 81, Biden is the oldest sitting U.S. president, and if reelected, he would be 86 at the end of his second term. Last week, he pushed back on concerns  about his age and said what really matters is “how old your ideas are.”

“You got to take a look at the other guy, he’s about as old as I am, but he can’t remember his wife’s name,” Biden said last week on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” in reference to Trump’s recent speech in which he appeared to mix up his wife, Melania Trump, with Mercedes Schlapp, the wife of American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp and a former aide to Trump.

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