Mitch’s ‘miscalculation’: Why McConnell’s impeachment opposition fueled Trump’s comeback

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is being forced to reckon with former President Donald Trump’s hold on the GOP three years after voting against an impeachment effort that would have made him ineligible for a second term.

The top Senate Republican famously stopped taking Trump’s calls as he refused to give up his push to overturn the 2020 election results. Their relationship has been in disrepair ever since — despite McConnell refusing to support Democrats’ second impeachment effort against him after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

McConnell helped block Trump’s impeachment trial from reaching a guilty verdict, saying at the time that he would have “carefully considered” the articles had the former president still been in office because he was “practically and morally responsible” for provoking the riot. The Senate vote was 57 for “guilty” and 43 votes
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