Mitch McConnell Facing Removal From Angry Republican Base

( Republicans are looking to regain control of the Senate following the 2022 midterm elections, but there are some in the party who are hoping that Mitch McConnell isn’t the GOP’s leader if it does happen.

McConnell, who is currently the Senate minority leader, has long been considered Congress’ most powerful Republican, with many in the party being very careful not to anger him or else suffer his ire. Because he’s been in the leadership position for so long, McConnell was able to play a crucial role in reshaping the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, as well as the political agenda for the country.

Now, though, many pro-Trumpers in the GOP are working behind the scenes to unseat McConnell as the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate.

As Axios reported recently, though, taking on McConnell directly is no easy task. People who do so risk getting on his wrong side and finding themselves ostracized to low-level roles in the Senate. McConnell also has a trove of campaign cash that he can use at his disposal however he wants.

That isn’t scaring off some people from challenging McConnell, though, especially as they look to gain more favor with former President Donald Trump himself. While McConnell and Trump once had a solid relationship, that soured as the Senate GOP leader refused to back the former president’s claims of election fraud.

Over the weekend, the Trump party took direct aim at McConnell when a spokesperson for the former president tweeted a statement that read:

“What is wrong with this Broken Old Cow? He’s hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party. When will they vote him out of Leadership?”

Those who are most likely to challenge McConnell’s leadership are Trump followers who are trying to take down RINO incumbents. One is Kelly Tshibaka, an Alaska Republican who’s trying to oust incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski — long a Trump opposer — in the upcoming primaries.

On Monday, Tshibaka said:

“When I defeat Murkowski and become Alaska’s next U.S. senator, I will not support Mitch McConnel as leader. It’s time for new, America First leadership in the Senate.”

Another person who has pledged to do the same is Eric Greitens, a former governor of Missouri who’s running to fill a Senate soon to be left vacant when Roy Blunt departs.

An adviser for Greitens, Steven Cheung, who’s also a former official in the Trump administration, said that opposing McConnell could end up being a “litmus test” for Republican political campaigns that want to show how loyal they are to the former president.

He said that research that came from Tony Fabrizio, a pollster for the GOP, indicated that “in the primary, if you’re anti-Mitch, your numbers go up. It’s a test for how Trumpian you are.”

Major conservative media figures are speaking out against McConnell, too. As part of a segment for the funeral of Bob Dole, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson said of McConnell:

“In Washington, he’s known as the nastiest old woman in town … This is hardly the first time McConnell has done something vicious like this, but we thought going forward we would start telling you about it, because why wouldn’t we?”