Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have forgotten he is a Republican.
The Kentucky senator characterized his party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump as not yet credible while he sang the praises of Hillary Clinton as “intelligent and capable.”
“Trump clearly needs to change, in my opinion, to win the general election,” McConnell said in an interview with Time Warner Cable News on Tuesday.
“What I’ve said to him both publicly and privately: ‘You’re a great entertainer. You turn on audiences. You’re good before a crowd. You have a lot of Twitter followers. That worked fine for you in the primaries. But now that you are in the general, people are looking for a level of seriousness that is typically conveyed by having a prepared text and Teleprompter and staying on message,'” McConnell said.
The Republican senator endorsed Trump last month but has had reservations about the billionaire’s readiness to assume the role of president, once allegedly telling Senate colleagues they would “drop him like a hot rock” if Trump became the GOP nominee.
McConnell now believes Trump is “getting closer” to being a credible candidate. “My hope is that he is beginning to pivot and become what I would call a more serious and credible candidate for the highest office in the land,” he said.
Though McConnell hoped Clinton would not win the presidential election, he complimented his former Senate colleague.
“She’s an intelligent and capable person, no question about it,” he told TWC News.
Trump, meanwhile, took to Twitter to disagree with McConnell.
ISIS exploded on Hillary Clinton’s watch- she’s done nothing about it and never will. Not capable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2016
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