Senate GOP Doesn’t Want A MAGA Replacement For McConnell

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( – On Sunday, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) stated that whoever takes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) place should continue to hold their ground against former President Donald Trump’s influence. 

Last week McConnell announced that in November he would be stepping down from the party’s leadership. This decision has been made as the Republican senator is known as one of the few people in the GOP who has stooped up against former President Donald Trump. 

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” co-anchor Jonathan Karl asked Rounds how important he believed it was that whoever became McConnell’s replacement would continue to “stand up to Trump.” In response, the senator argued that they were looking for a leader and someone who would be willing to collaborate with whoever was in the White House while also standing their “own ground.” 

He continued by arguing that part of the reason he has expressed open support not only for McConnell but also for John Thune is that they have both been able to stand their ground. He added that Thune was going to bring a “fresh breath” to the party which was always needed when there was a change in leadership. 

Following McConnell’s announcement last week, Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) was one of the three people to announce that they would be contending for the position. Apart from John Thune, two other “Johns” also expressed interest including Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), with the former becoming the first to formally announce a bid for the position last Thursday. 

Last Friday Politico had reported that Thune had started to already campaign for the position. On Sunday, Rounds argued that the upper chamber of Congress had some “good choices” but that currently Thune was the “right guy at the right time” for the leadership spot.

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