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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Trump v. McConnell, continued

Our recent book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses the state of the parties.

The GOP has a unity problem.

Though voting against conviction, McConnell denounced Trump for the insurrection.

Natalie Allison and Burgess Everett at Politico:

Former President Donald Trump has hit a wall in his efforts to oust Mitch McConnell as GOP leader.

Despite months of attacks, the Trump-led campaign to depose the Senate minority leader has resulted in firm pledges from just two Republican candidates and no senators, and it has failed to turn up a formidable challenger to run against McConnell.


To date, just two prominent GOP Senate candidates have called for McConnell’s ouster — Kelly Tshibaka, an Alaska Republican who is challenging incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Eric Greitens, the former governor of Missouri who is running for a seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Roy Blunt.

Julia Benbrook at Spectrum News:

Though many Congressional Republicans are dismissing the House special committee's investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is looking forward to its results.

“I think the fact-finding is interesting. We’re all going to be watching it,” the Kentucky lawmaker told Spectrum News. “It was a horrendous event, and I think what they’re seeking to find out is something the public needs to know.”

McConnell made headlines earlier this week when he offered comments about the committee, which seeks to provide the most comprehensive report yet on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, which saw supporters of then-President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory.

Earlier this week, at a press conference, McConnell made waves when he said that “we’re all watching, as you are, what is unfolding on the House side, and it will be interesting to reveal all the participants involved.”

McConnell’s comments to Spectrum News came in a sit-down interview one day before his tour of tornado-ravaged areas of Kentucky.

Though McConnell acknowledged that he has faced some criticism from Trump in the last year year, he largely brushed them away.

“We’re dealing with the present and the future. We have a new administration: How are they doing? What is our reaction to it?” McConnell said. “I spend my time dealing with the present and the future, and not the past.”