Fox News host Sean Hannity torched Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on his show Monday night for condemning former President Trump after he was acquitted a second time during impeachment proceedings on Saturday.
McConnell voted to acquit Trump and then proceeded to lambast him over the events that occurred on Jan. 6. To many, it seemed that McConnell was trying to be both for and against the former president.
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McConnell declared in his speech that Trump is morally responsible for the riot that occurred. He voted to acquit allegedly because it is unconstitutional to impeach a president who is no longer in office.
McConnell wrote on Monday: “There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone.”
“His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended,” he claimed.
He also stated that he bore no ill will against the seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump and understood their position.
Hannity focused on “Republicans who have turned their backs on the former president,” during his show. He called out “sanctimonious” McConnell and the other seven Republicans in the Senate who stood with the Democrats in attempting to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the riot on Capitol Hill.
“Where was John Thune [R-SD] and Mitch McConnell fighting against the biggest abuse of power corruption scandal in our history with Operation Crossfire Hurricane?” Hannity queried.
“They were missing in action. Where’s the sanctimonious Mitch McConnell, John Thune, demanding that Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters — when is he going to give a speech on the Senate floor and hold those Democrats accountable for their incitement of insurrection and their insurrection-like language? The time is now coming for new leadership in the U.S. Senate.”
The Senate Republicans who stood against Trump whom Hannity is referring to are Sens. Richard Burr (NC), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Toomey (PA).
During the show, Hannity also showed a huge pro-Trump rally in Florida that took place on Presidents Day before stating, “I have a question, Mitch McConnell, John Thune. How come you never had this kind of enthusiasm at any of your events?”
Hannity pointed out that a number of Republicans are “way out of touch” with the GOP base. He also said that they are now facing massive backlash in their home states for trying to take Trump down. And he indicated a challenge to the current Republican leadership is fast approaching.
Three of the Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump have been formally censured by the Republican Party in their respective states: Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (PA), and Bill Cassidy (LA).
Another three stand an excellent chance of being censured at home as well: Susan Collins (ME), Ben Sasse of (NE), and Mitt Romney (UT).
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