A new book claims Senator Mitch McConnell was “exhilarated” by the damage of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot to then-President Donald Trump’s reputation.
According to the book, Sen. McConnell reportedly told a New York Times journalist how excited he was that Trump has “totally discredited himself.” The conversation reportedly took place early on Jan. 7, 2021 hours after protestors stormed the Capitol.
The Hill reports:
“He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger,” McConnell said, according to the book. “Couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
Martin and Burns also write that the Republican senator asked them “What do you hear about the Twenty-Fifth Amendment?” and said he was “eager for intelligence about whether his fellow Republicans were discussing removing Trump from office,” the Post added.
They added in the book that the Kentucky politician “seemed almost buoyant” andthat he said Trump was “pretty thoroughly discredited”.
In separate excerpts of the book, McConnell was previously quoted as telling advisers on Jan. 11, 2021, that “the Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us,” referring to impeachment, and also said that“if this isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is.”
Trump and McConnell saw their relationship spiral toward the end of Trump’s term in office. Despite his comments following the insurrection, McConnell did not vote to convict Trump in the Senate over his role in the Jan. 6 attack and he has also said he would back Trump if he became the party’s nominee for the White House in 2024.