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Drama Rumor [Business Insider] Mitch McConnell reportedly never wants to speak to Trump again after the Capitol riot

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Edit: Updating the Op with the original source of the statement by McConnell. It comes second-hand from confidants & other senators whom McConnell apparently shared it with. I've put the text red where it is in the original material.

President Trump spent more than 24 hours after instigating a mob to violently storm the Capitol trying to escape reality.
Cloistered in the White House, Trump raged uncontrollably about perceived acts of betrayal. He tuned out advisers who pleaded with him to act responsibly. He was uninterested in trying to repair what he had wrought. And he continued to insist he had won the election, even as his own vice president certified the fact that he had not.
Only after darkness fell in Washington on Thursday, after the Capitol had been besieged by death and destruction and a growing chorus of lawmakers had called for his immediate removal from office, did Trump grudgingly accept his fate.
“Now Congress has certified the results,” Trump said in a video recorded in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room late Thursday afternoon. “A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”
This was not a concession so much as a grudging acknowledgment that his presidency would end. Trump did not talk of winners and losers, nor did he utter the word “concede,” but it was the closest he seemed willing to go.
Some of his advisers had pleaded with him to give this kind of speech in November, after it was clear he had lost. Those appeals only intensified this week. During his 2-minute, 41-second speech, Trump read from a script that he agreed to only after a pressure campaign from Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, legal counsel Pat Cipollone and members of his family, officials said.
“My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results,” Trump said. “My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote. In so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy.”
Yet it was Trump’s assault on American democracy over the past two months, culminating with Wednesday’s attack at the Capitol, that left him as isolated as he has ever been in his four years as president. An array of top aides — including Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, both original members of his Cabinet — abruptly resigned. Many more privately discussed whether to follow suit. Some of those who stayed on kept their distance from the vengeful president, and none stepped forward to defend his complicity in the attack — not even White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, his professional defender.
Outside the administration, a growing number of allies have given up on Trump. Rather than trying to persuade him to do the right thing, they are simply hoping he does no further damage before his term expires Jan. 20.
“This is everything that everyone’s been blocking for four years, the role of buffering Trump,” said one of the president’s advisers. “It’s horrible. People are miserable. They can’t wait for the two weeks to be over. Everyone’s taking one day at a time trying to get him through the next two weeks without massive problems.”
The portrait that emerged from interviews with administration officials and Trump advisers and associates, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid, is of a president indignant, unmoored and psychologically fragile — one who some aides believe has sabotaged his legacy and threatens the orderly transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
One administration official described Trump’s behavior as that of “a total monster.” Another said the situation was “insane” and “beyond the pale.”
“He is alone. He is mad King George,” said a Republican in frequent touch with the White House. “Trump believes that he has these people so intimidated they wouldn’t dare mess with him. I think Trump doesn’t understand how precarious his situation is right now.”
One after another on Thursday, former Trump officials broke their silence to condemn the president, some in sharp terms. William P. Barr, who resigned last month as attorney general, called Trump’s conduct “a betrayal of his office and supporters,” adding in a statement to the Associated Press that “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable.”
Two of Trump’s former White House chiefs of staff joined the chorus. Mick Mulvaney resigned from his post as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, telling CNBC, “We didn’t sign up for what you saw last night. We signed up for making America great again. We signed up for lower taxes and less regulation. The president has a long list of successes that we can be proud of. But all of that went away yesterday.”
John F. Kelly went even further, saying on CNN that what happened at the Capitol “was a direct result of him poisoning the minds of people with the lies and the fraud.” He urged the Cabinet to meet to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump from office. Scores of Democratic lawmakers, as well as Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), called for the same.
Some senior administration officials have been discussing doing so out of fear that Trump could take actions resulting in further violence and death if he remains in office for even a few more days, said a person involved in the conversations.
A former senior administration official briefed on the talks confirmed that preliminary discussions of the 25th Amendment were underway, although this person cautioned that they were informal and that there was no indication of an immediate plan of action.
Under the 25th Amendment, the president can be removed from office by the vice president plus a majority of the Cabinet, or by the vice president and a body established by Congress, if they determine he “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Trump could contest the move, however, making its potential impact unclear.
As a mob of Trump supporters breached police barricades and seized the Capitol, Trump was disengaged in discussions with Pentagon leaders about deploying the National Guard to aid the overwhelmed U.S. Capitol Police, according to two people familiar with the talks.
Vice President Pence worked directly with acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller and the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Mark A. Milley, as well as with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), concerning the unrest at the Capitol and military deployments, the people said.
As for Trump, one of the people said, “he was completely, totally out of it.” This person added, “He made no attempt to reach out to them.”
Instead of exercising his commander-in-chief duties to help protect the Capitol from an attempted insurrection, Trump watched the attack play out on television. Though not necessarily enjoying himself, he was “bemused” by the spectacle because he thought his supporters were literally fighting for him, according to a close adviser. But, this person said, he was turned off by what he considered the “low-class” spectacle of people in ragtag costumes rummaging through the Capitol.
Considerable internal anger was directed toward Meadows, according to four aides, both because of what many view as his incompetence in managing the White House and because of his willingness to prop Trump up while indulging his false election-fraud claims.
People who interacted with Trump said they found him in a fragile and volatile state. “A lot of people don’t want to talk to him,” a senior administration official said. “He’s in a terrible mood constantly, and he’s defensive, and everyone knows this was a horrible mistake.”
Trump spent Wednesday afternoon and evening cocooned at the White House and listening only to a small coterie of loyal aides — including Meadows, Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, personnel director Johnny McEntee and policy adviser Stephen Miller. McEnany also spent time with the president. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was described as disengaged.
Trump’s “got a bunker mentality now, he really does,” said a close adviser to the president.
During the Capitol occupation, aides said, Trump resisted their entreaties to condemn the rioters and refused to be reasoned with.
“He kept saying: ‘The vast majority of them are peaceful. What about the riots this summer? What about the other side? No one cared when they were rioting. My people are peaceful. My people aren’t thugs,’ ” an administration official said. “He didn’t want to condemn his people.”
“He was a total monster today,” this official added, describing the president’s handling of Wednesday’s coup attempt as less defensible than his equivocal response to the deadly white-supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville.
Some aides were mortified that Trump was so slow, and resistant, in telling his supporters to vacate the Capitol, and they believed he did irreparable damage to his presidency and legacy.
Aides and a range of lawmakers begged Trump to call on his supporters to stop rioting. Some former aides echoed those pleas on Twitter, tagging the president presumably in hopes he might see their messages.
Alyssa Farah, the recently departed White House communications director, wrote: “Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump — you are the only one they will listen to. For our country!”
White House aides tried to get Trump to call in to Fox News Channel, but he refused. He at first did not want to say anything but was persuaded to send tweets. Then they scripted a video message for him to record, which he agreed to distribute on Twitter. But the president ad-libbed by including references to false voter fraud claims that they had asked him not to include, the administration official said. Twitter later locked his account, enraging the president.
“He didn’t want to say anything or do anything to rise to the moment,” the official said. “He’s so driven by this notion that he’s been treated unfairly that he can’t see the bigger picture.”
This official described Trump as so mad at Pence that “he couldn’t see straight.” Several White House aides were upset that the president chose to attack Pence when the vice president, secured at an undisclosed location at the Capitol, had just been in harm’s way.
A former senior administration official briefed on the president’s private conversations said: “The thing he was most upset about and couldn’t get over all day was the Pence betrayal. . . . All day, it was a theme of, ‘I made this guy, I saved him from a political death, and here he stabbed me in the back.’ ”
Trump’s fury extended to Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short. The president told aides he wanted to bar Short — who was with the vice president all day at the Capitol — from the White House grounds, according to an official with knowledge of the president’s remarks.
Short has told others he would not care if he were barred.
Trump also brooded about the decisions by Facebook and Twitter to suspend his accounts. An adviser likened the president’s social media accounts to his “security blanket and oxygen.” White House spokesman Judd Deere condemned the moves and said in a statement, “Big Tech is out of control.”
Meadows and Cipollone, among others, tried to persuade Trump to record a video condemning the violence, pledging to prosecute the rioters and committing to a peaceful transfer of power, officials said. They argued that his image and future political prospects could be permanently damaged otherwise.
Cipollone also warned the president that he could have legal liability for having encouraged the riots, a detail first reported by the New York Times, and urged him to clean it up. He and other lawyers helped the president understand that once he leaves office, he and his family would have considerable legal exposure on multiple fronts, an adviser said.
By the end of the day Thursday, Trump had relented, having seen some of his biggest supporters abandon him and considered the prospect of impeachment.
Deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger was among those who resigned in the wake of the Capitol riot. Although national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien was said Wednesday night to be considering resigning, he, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, received outreach from former national security officials and executives urging them to stay in their jobs.
The message conveyed was that leaving would create a vacuum that foreign enemies might seek to take advantage of, according to a senior administration official.
White House officials, meanwhile, are gearing up for a possible impeachment fight next week even as they brace for additional resignations from senior aides, as well as more junior staffers.
Trump’s support rapidly eroded in the Senate, where a senior Republican aide described the mood among GOP senators as “pretty apoplectic.”
McConnell, who has been estranged from the president in recent weeks, has told fellow senators and other confidants that he does not plan to speak with Trump again.
Even Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s staunchest allies and golfing partners, broke with the president.
“When it comes to accountability, the president needs to understand that his actions were the problem, not the solution,” Graham said at a Thursday news conference. While he said he did not believe invoking the 25th Amendment was necessary “now,” he thinks that “if something else happens, all options would be on the table.”
Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday night, Graham was similarly blunt. “Trump and I, we’ve had a hell of a journey — I hate it being this way,” he said. “All I can say is count me out. Enough is enough.”
But Trump has found admiration elsewhere. At the Republican National Committee meeting in Amelia Island, Fla., where the president had been expected to tape a speech, he instead called into a morning session Thursday to speak to RNC members for a minute or so, RNC members said.
The crowd greeted him with applause and joy, acting as if Wednesday’s breach at the Capitol had never taken place.




Original OP:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he never wants to speak to President Donald Trump again following a violent insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

The president has been accused of inciting the riot by urging his supporters at a rally on Wednesday "to fight" and march to the Capitol, where Congress was counting electoral votes and finalizing Joe Biden's victory in the November election.

Trump has spent months spinning bogus conspiracy theories about voter fraud and election rigging, while falsely insisting that the race was "stolen" from him and that he is the rightful winner. At Wednesday's rally, the president reiterated those claims. "We will never concede," he said as his supporters cheered.

Throngs of them subsequently stormed the Capitol, clashed with police, broke into the building, ransacked lawmakers' offices, and made it as far as the House and Senate floors.

Lawmakers were debating a Republican challenge to Arizona's electoral votes, but both chambers were forced to go into recess as members, Hill staffers, and reporters sheltered in place or behind makeshift barricades. The attempted coup by the pro-Trump mob left five people dead, including one Capitol Police officer.

After the building was secured and Congress reconvened more than six hours later, McConnell forcefully condemned the rioters.

"The United States Senate will not be intimidated," he said. "We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation. We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution and for our nation."

McConnell added: "Even during an ongoing armed rebellion and the Civil War, the clockwork of our democracy has carried on. The United States and the United States Congress have faced down much greater threats than the unhinged crowd we saw today."

"They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed," he said, adding, "This failed insurrection only underscores how crucial the task before us is for our republic."

Congress finished counting the electoral votes shortly before 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, cementing Biden's victory.

On Thursday evening, Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, indicated that federal prosecutors were investigating Trump's role in inciting the insurrection.

"We are looking at all actors here, not only the people that went into the building, but ... were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or played some ancillary role in this," Sherwin told reporters in a phone call.

The Post reported that when Sherwin was pressed on whether that included Trump, he responded: "We are looking at all actors here, and anyone that had a role, if the evidence fits the element of a crime, they're going to be charged."

After Sherwin's comments, the president released a video condemning the violence at the Capitol. The New York Times reported that the president had resisted taping the message and caved when he realized he could face legal trouble because of the riot.
 
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McConnell really has no reason to coddle Trump anymore, he doesn't need him, and doesn't need his voters. If he makes it through the next 6 years, no way he's running for another term.
 
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Mitch if you’d just given the $2K I think things would have turned out quite different.

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But he'll talk to Pelosi, Omar, AOC, Kamala, etc. People that all supported and some even financed domestic terrorists.

Mitch should count his lucky stars he's not up for re-election anytime soon.
 

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Its evident there is a break in the republican ranks. They will have to reconcile their differences if they want to defeat dems next year.
 
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The Republicans are done. Their Senate leader essentially told 75 million of their voters to get fucked. The voters who told the party to stop being RINO's double down on being RINO's, Congrats Leftists you now have carte blanche to send the West back a century unimpeded!
 

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Come on, man! Aren’t you happy you have new allies in your fight against McConnell? I’ll totally support any investigation into that election in Kentucky. I’d rather McGrath at this point.
My memory banks cannot store such complicated thought processes.
 

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McConnell really has no reason to coddle Trump anymore, he doesn't need him, and doesn't need his voters. If he makes it through the next 6 years, no way he's running for another term.
He'd be 84 in 6 years. If he's healthy, I'd say it's a lock he'd run again.
 
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Mitch never wanted to talk to Trump in the first place. People seem to forget how much the Republican establishment hated Trump's guts going into the primary. Once the people voted though they had to at least try to make it work.

From back in 2016:

At least two campaigns have drafted plans to overtake Mr. Trump in a brokered convention, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election.

 
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i just posted the source article, i'm not seeing it ...

supposedly and reportedly, seeking clarification

Nope looks to be wrong. Quote from WaPo (paywall gone suddenly):

"McConnell, who has been estranged from the president in recent weeks, has told fellow senators and other confidants that he does not plan to speak with Trump again."
 
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Nope looks to be wrong. Quote from WaPo (paywall gone suddenly):

"McConnell, who has been estranged from the president in recent weeks, has told fellow senators and other confidants that he does not plan to speak with Trump again."
senators and confidants, aight ...

not denying the possibility but even the insurrection hyperlink above that statement is dead air
 
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Mitch never wanted to talk to Trump in the first place. People seem to forget how much the Republican establishment hated Trump's guts going into the primary. Once the people voted though they had to at least try to make it work.

Yup, they got straight goofed by Trump in the debates and media appearances in general. Every single one bent the knee in the end, but initially they did NOT want him to win.
 
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Yup, and due to Trump's antics, the Senate flipped to the Democrats.

Im sure the War Turtle has alot of issues with Trump.

Senate flipped Democrat because the neocons in GA let Stacy Abrams write their election laws, then refused to verify signatures.

Trump got more votes than the two idiots running for Senate. They refused to defend Trump (until it was too late) and his base stayed home.

Mitch thought he could toss Trump overboard and retain his coalition. Those days are over. Populist or bust.

Unfortunately, Mitch probably retires after this term and people won’t get the satisfaction of the primary.
 

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Senate flipped Democrat because the neocons in GA let Stacy Abrams write their election laws, then refused to verify signatures.

Trump got more votes than the two idiots running for Senate. They refused to defend Trump (until it was too late) and his base stayed home.

Mitch thought he could toss Trump overboard and retain his coalition. Those days are over. Populist or bust.

Unfortunately, Mitch probably retires after this term and people won’t get the satisfaction of the primary.
What you are saying only proves my point. (Stacy Abrams not withstanding)
 

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What you are saying only proves my point. (Stacy Abrams not withstanding)

Not sure how GA Gov. not checking signatures implicates Trump, but okay. Seems Mitch’s problem is with the GOP base not being obedient cogs which is not surprising. GOPe are out of touch.
 

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Not sure how GA Gov. not checking signatures implicates Trump, but okay. Seems Mitch’s problem is with the GOP base not being obedient cogs which is not surprising. GOPe are out of touch.
The irony.

I think we are talking past each other. Probably my fault.
 
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The irony.

I think we are talking past each other. Probably my fault.

“Irony.” To a degree, but I generally see Trump as an extension of the base and that takes precedence over the leadership.

But, I get where you are coming from. Kinda a moot point now, anyway. Mitch retires after this term and I don’t think Trump runs again. Both share a drink in another life, and we all get to watch Biden try and remember what country he is in during the State of the Union.
 

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Mitch wanted to know "What's the harm in humoring him for a little bit." Guess he got his answer.
 
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“Irony.” To a degree, but I generally see Trump as an extension of the base and that takes precedence over the leadership.

But, I get where you are coming from. Kinda a moot point now, anyway. Mitch retires after this term and I don’t think Trump runs again. Both share a drink in another life, and we all get to watch Biden try and remember what country he is in during the State of the Union.
Ha! The Biden joke was funny. Wasn’t expecting it.
I don’t see Trump as an extension of the “the” base. He is an extension of “his” base. I think he usurped the Republican base, appealed to the darker parts of their fear, said it was okay, and led many down a detached path.

(there are others on the left that did this as well... but we are talking about the widespread impact of Trump).

Reason must prevail.
 
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If you’re a senator or senate staffer, if you had to be escorted by secret service as terrorists stormed inside the capitol, if you saw them smashing doors and windows trying to get in, and that you find out that they were screaming to capture and kill you... then you find out that while that was happening Trump was in the White House reportedly ‘delighted’. How the fuck could you ever speak to the man again?
 

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Ha! The Biden joke was funny. Wasn’t expecting it.
I don’t see Trump as an extension of the “the” base. He is an extension of “his” base. I think he usurped the Republican base, appealed to the darker parts of their fear, said it was okay, and led many down a detached path.

(there are others on the left that did this as well... but we are talking about the widespread impact of Trump).

Reason must prevail.

What “darker parts” exactly?
 
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The narcissist has finally come unhinged, and his enablers are pretending that they didn't have a part in creating this monster. Many of us knew the danger of a demagogue like Trump, and it was sickening to see many Republicans initially horrified, fall in lock-step with him to tear down the fabric of our country. McCain, Romney, Kasich did not turn their back on the American people. Most of these other Republicans did.
 
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What “darker parts” exactly?
To get all douchebag philosophical, humans will always have that part of them that are hateful, fearful of the different, fearful for change, want to exert power, want to blame others for their failings (this is 100 percent applicable to every human on the planet and every group of people on the planet to some degree), humans at their best strive to move past these more primitive thoughts through logic, reason, a belief in the greater good.

The best leaders assuage these fears and call upon all us to be better. This all ebbs and flows. There has been a rise in leaders who instead of leading us to be better, they gain and hold power by indulging in those more primitive and fearful feelings. (Again, this is across the board).
Appealing to the better angles of our nature kind of thing. Instead of indulging the devils