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Why Does Trump Hate Mitch McConnell?

Why Does Trump Hate Mitch McConnell?

One of former President Trump’s least admirable traits is his habit of turning on friends and allies out of personal pique. It has not served the Republican Party well … or the conservative cause … or even Trump, himself.

There is no person in politics to whom I pledge fealty – not even Trump.  I am driven by the issues and the skill with which those on my side pursue them.  I may not agree with every position or action taken by such people as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, etc., but I do not consider them enemies.  They are all important in the strategic alliance known as the conservative movement. 

Even such outliers as Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski will vote right most of the time.  In politics, one never gets one hundred percent.  A political coalition – at least a successful one – must embrace those of common interest and belief – even if they occasionally take actions inconsistent with my personal belief.  The only person I know who agrees with me all the time is … me.

When I look at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – in terms of his record – I see a lot to admire and very little of which to disapprove. 

Trump can call him a “cold stone loser,” but I am put off by that sophomoric and gratuitous insult. It reflects more negatively on the accuser than the accused.

Trump may feel that Mitch McConnell has not been as politically sycophantic as he would like. But McConnell has been a pretty good leader in terms of conservative issues. And that is my primary consideration.

Without McConnell’s strong conservative leadership, Trump would have had only one appointment to the Supreme Court – Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  McConnell endured the full wrath of the left when he held open the seat on the high court made available with the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia on the eve of the Trump presidency.  That enabled Trump to nominate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

McConnell stood strong against the same left-wing maelstrom when he expedited the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the last days of the Trump presidency.

Those two appointments, alone, would put McConnell in the ranks of political heroes in my book.  However, he has also been responsible for the confirmation of hundreds of judges to the lower federal courts. These are judges devoted to the text and meaning of the Constitution.

But McConnell has done a lot more by advancing the conservative agenda in the Senate.  He used his power – both as Minority and Majority leader – to block the most egregious proposal emitting from the Obama White House.

Against all odds, McConnell has kept his members united against the flurry of radical left-wing legislations flowing from the Democrat-controlled House. These include such so-called “moderates” as Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski and Utah Senator Mitt Romney.  I call that leadership.

McConnell successfully defended Trump from two impeachments by the House. He even delayed the second impeachment in order to create a “legitimacy” argument over a post presidency impeachment.  It was the argument most used by those voting acquittal.  A smart strategy that was enormously beneficial to Trump and the Republican Party.

It seems a lot of Republicans and Trump hate Mitch McConnell.  But why? 

I cannot find that reason in any analysis of the issues.  On those, McConnell has been a rock. 

The only cause of the animus toward McConnell is because Trump an irrational, albeit temporary dislike for the man – except when he IS liking him.  Beyond a personality clash, the only real foundation for Trump to hate Mitch McConnell is that he did not SOMEHOW stop the inauguration of President Biden.  That is the same reason Trump flipped on his long-loyal Vice President Pence. That is another guy I have long liked and admired.  And still do.  There is no way that either of them could have stopped the certification of Biden. No matter what they believed about the legitimacy of the vote.

There is always room for criticism. But I see McConnell as a guy that has been quite loyal to conservative Republican principles.  Perfect?  No.  But pretty damn good.

Perhaps the best way to judge Mitch McConnell is not based on the Trump’s irrational bitterness but on the animosity heaped on the Minority Leader by those on the left – Democrats and the media.  I would take their uncompromised and unbridled hatred for McConnell as sufficient evidence that he is doing a good job for the Republican Party and the conservative values that I embrace – despite Trump’s current opinion.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

26 Comments

  1. Ben

    Larry, Are you really asking why trump hate McConnell?
    Come on man, obviously Mitch doesn’t cup donny’s balls when he is on his knees. Gotta kiss that ring, and not take much of the lime light away from the reality tv star.

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    • Dan Tyree

      You mean like you libturds kiss retard joe’s nuts?

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      • Chad

        No he doesnt you have it backwards he kisses theirs namely AOC’s.

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    • Anonymous

      McConnell is a backstabbing politician. He worked against Trump in the last election and it showed because he lost Georgia. Stop with the ignorant comments.

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    • VIETNAM VET 67-68

      BUD, LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP I HATE BACK STABBING OLD FOOLS AND BOLSHEVIKS LIKE YOU GO STICK THE REST OF YOUR HEAD UP THE SENILE OLD FOOLS ASS BIDEN THE ANTI AMERICAN MARXIST WHO IS GOING TO DESTROY YOU ALONG WITH THE REST OF US !!! VIETNAM VET 67-68

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  2. hc Mattes

    I agree 100%! I’ve been a big Trump supporter in the past, but unfortunately, he is poisoning the conservative movement. Leftists NEVER turn on their own like this

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    • Left Coast

      McConnell is a POS . . . he & Ryan had both houses for the first 2 years . . . and they stalled and stumbled likely Deliberately . . .

      McConnell interests are not the USA, he is an ole Uni-Party Hack and needs to go . . .

      Mattes . . . Leftists are friggin insane . . . . look at mad Maxine revving up the radicals . . .

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  3. Paul

    I dislike McConnel because of his total disregard for working people and the cost of health insurance caused by politicians greed and Obamacare. They got theirs but we got the shaft .

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  4. Anonymous

    That is easy, McConnell being the feckless, spineless old politician stabbed Trump in the back.

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  5. Anonymous

    Wrong on this one Larry. All McConnell had to do was nothing, which is his normal conflict response. Instead, he made a point to stand up in the Senate Chamber and call the as yet and forever unclear traipsing through the Congressional building by undesirables an insurrection and flatly and directly blame it on DJT. That is a bald faced lie, and it was strictly designed to remove Trump from the Republican scene. It was a political calculation, it one driven by events. Well, politics have consequences.

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  6. Chuck

    Maybe the dislike comes from MM’s voting more towards his wife’s family business that favor them and not the security of this country!! Mitch is no different than any other politician he’s going to make sure his pockets are lined first. After all why would he keep watching over his wife’s Chinese family factories and their bottom line before this nations welfare first!!

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  7. John Wright

    The above two ‘replies’ ae crude, vulgar, and non-productive. This is the kind of vitriol that should NOT be spewed across the internet.

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    • Ben

      John, not a fan of free speech huh?

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  8. Hatman1793

    Loyalty is a big issue for T45, but Trump doesn’t *hate* the Turtle as you assert. Trump built his business acumen & honed his craft resulting in a personal & business code amply outlined in his best selling book, The Art of the Deal. You should read it Larry, it explains much.

    Trump responds only when he is attacked, slandered, or maligned like the LeftMedia did endlessly. The Turtle et al could have kept their big mouths shut & said nothing, instead they shared their disloyalty & opinions in open court. Trump responded.

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  9. Gail. Wehling

    I thought that was a very well written article Larry. I have always felt Mitch has done a fairly good job and his is a difficult position to fill. As a Republican I did not like to hear the name calling, felt it was uncalled for but can see that feelings were getting hurt all over the place. Thankfully, cooler heads have now come forth and hopefully we can move forward instead of backwards from now!!! Thank you for your well written article.

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  10. Sheryl

    President Trump is not an easy man to like, but with your own logic, Larry, he must be the best thing in the world for the Republican party: Perhaps the best way to judge ‘President Trump ‘ is not based on the Trump’s irrational ‘behaviours’ but on the animosity heaped on ‘him’ by those on the left – Democrats and the media.  I would take their uncompromised and unbridled hatred for ‘President Trump’ as sufficient evidence that he is doing a good job for the Republican Party and the conservative values that I embrace – despite ‘anyone’s’ current opinion.
    The media and Democrats showed more uncompromised, unbridled, and unsupported hatred for President Trump in his 4 years of office than anyone could have ever imagined. The greatest tragedy for America is the propaganda machine that is known as news. No one ever tells the truth on NEWS shows anymore. They have been caught admitting it, but nothing ever happens. We are all pawns in the political wars.

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    • Ben

      Sheryl, a more productive standard is to know that when trump was first elected, republicans controlled the Presidency, the Senate, and Congress. After 4 years of trump, republicans have lost everything.

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  11. Charles

    Come on man, a stolen election and Jan 6th when the dems handed the spineless republicans their asses on a shingle. So smart man go analyise .

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  12. cal Sodefjed

    While reading Larry Horist’s article, I could not help thinking he was for some reason purposely avoiding mentoning the real reason for Donald Trump’s dislike (not hatred!) of Mitch Mc Connel¨s actions and opinions:Namely that he gave Donald Trump the blame for the storming of the Congress on the 6th of January..He voted against the impeachment solely because he meant it was unconstitutional as long as Donald Trump no longer was the President – and not because he disagreed with the alleged guilt of President Trump! Sincerely Cal Sodefjed

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  13. Norm GEE

    Ben you sound like another member of the RIFL crowd. you can’t handle the fact that he has the support of the masses of us regular everyday people. to engage with you in a conversation that might benefit both of us, I’m sorry, I can’t get past you lefties supporting killing unborn babies.

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    • Ben

      Norm,
      Ummm, trump does not have the support of the masses, hence his historic loss of the popular vote..twice.
      I’m a regular people, and I’ve never killed anyone, nor do I advocate for killing of anyone. Republican appointed Supreme Court Justices ruled that you don’t get a say in a woman’s health choices 40 years ago. I know how you conservatives love the constitution, the constitution has made abortion the law of the land.

      I don’t see how a dialog with you could benefit me. Your rhetoric shows how deeply your heels are dig in to a fox Entertainment dogma.

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  14. Karen S. King

    I’m like Trump; I don’t like Mitch McConnell either. McConnell is nothing but a back stabbing turncoat!

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  15. Jerry medlin

    He is JUST ANOTHER, Lifetime politician trying to protect his Golden Goose, that Trump is attempting to expose and get rid of!! These guys would lie to God face to face to cover themselves!

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  16. Mike

    Larry, all you need to understand about the Trump-McConnell feud is this: “With Trump you are only as good as your next test.” Period.

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  17. Michael O'Connor

    I am just a simple person, I believe if you are a member of a party, you stand with that party. If you are a McConnell, a Murkowski, a Romney you belong somewhere else. I believe you owe 100 % to your party. If you can’t do that you must go.

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  18. Anonymous

    Until RINOs like McConnell, Murkowski and others are purged from the GOP, it’ll be tough sledding in the future. Those mentioned are only in it for themselves. TREASONOUS TURDS!!!

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