Thanks to the complacency and, frankly, routine submission of establishment members of the Republican Party, there is an unnecessary degree of disparity within the ranks as “RINOs” capitulate to the whims of the left and potentially threaten the certainty of a sweeping red wave for the midterm elections.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) has appeared to frame himself in opposition to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his latest remarks in the wake of the advancement of gun control legislation have some speculating he may be eyeing a more direct challenge.
McConnell was joined by 13 other senators in what was widely seen as selling out Republican voters through the advancement of the Bipartisan Safe Communities Act, a bipartisan gun control bill that would utilize federal tax dollars toward funding state implementation of red flag laws, and therefore gun confiscation, across the nation.
Senate advances ‘bipartisan’ gun control bill with these 14 GOP senators signing on https://t.co/ZY2nQaSF0i
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 22, 2022
When speaking with reporters Wednesday morning, Scott indicated wavering support for the Kentucky lawmaker with his refusal to offer an endorsement for McConnell to remain the top Senate Republican.
Rick Klein, the political director for ABC, wrote on Twitter, “Sen. Rick Scott this morning says he talks to Trump every 2-3 weeks and declined to commit to supporting McConnell for GOP leader again.”
Sen. Rick Scott this morning says he talks to Trump every 2-3 weeks and declined to commit to supporting McConnell for GOP leader again: “There’ll be an election…. Right now, I don’t know if anybody is going to run against Leader McConnell. Also: "I don’t have a plan to run.”
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) June 22, 2022
“There’ll be an election… Right now, I don’t know if anybody is going to run against Leader McConnell,” Scott was quoted as saying before noting his own intentions, “I don’t have a plan to run.”
Former President Donald Trump has been vocal about his displeasure with McConnell, referring to him as “the old broken-down crow,” and asserting the senator “and his RINO friends would rather see a Democrat like Biden be president than a Republican like me. It works better for him and his agenda, but it doesn’t work better for our Country.”
As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Scott has set forth proposals on the direction he hopes the party’s platform will take. However, his 11-point plan was snubbed by McConnell for two specific points.
McConnell lets it be known he’s in charge in policy dispute with Rick Scott; media touts GOP ‘civil war’ https://t.co/mctcVhr8YO
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) March 2, 2022
“All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax,” the proposal read in addition to, “All federal legislation sunsets in 5 years. If a law is worth keeping, Congress can pass it again.”
McConnell declared the plan dead on arrival and asserted, “Let me tell you what would not be a part of our agenda. We would not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of a Republican Senate majority agenda.”
The leader’s weak stance in protecting the Second Amendment, and subsequently the Fourth and Fifth Amendment as the proposed gun control legislation would erode due process, has many questioning where his priorities truly rest. President of the National Association for Gun Rights Dudley Brown called it a “dark moment in the fight for our Second Amendment rights” and added, “Thanks to the treacherous work of anti-gun Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, tax payer funding for Red Flag gun confiscation and de facto gun bans for 18-20 year old Americans is now closer to becoming reality than it ever has been in American history.”
It is not a stretch to see Scott’s close ties to Trump and insistence on a defined direction for the Republican Party as making the Florida lawmaker a likely contender for an endorsement from the president to take charge of the Senate.
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