Mitch McConnell ‘Upset’ About Trump Not Denouncing Neo-Nazis, But Does Nothing
WASHINGTON ― In response to President Donald Trump’s defiant Tuesday press conference defending white nationalist, KKK and neo-Nazi groups who incited deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a standard statement on Wednesday condemning the hate groups without mentioning Trump at all.
The statement follows reports from CNN that McConnell was privately “upset” about Trump’s remarks. It continues McConnell’s pattern of criticizing Trump without explicitly withdrawing support for him.
McConnell’s counterpart in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), issued a similar statement immediately following Trump’s press conference on Tuesday. It also did not mention Trump by name.
Both statements follow many, many instances during Trump’s campaign in which Ryan and McConnell criticized Trump’s offensive remarks, but still stood by his candidacy in the hopes that a Trump presidency would help them secure the GOP’s legislative priorities.
Trump has publicly feuded with McConnell, attacking him in sometimes more forceful terms than he has used for neo-Nazis.