While Establishment Republicans in the Senate will attempt to publicly dismiss it as grassroots silliness, behind closed doors they are far more worried. The same populist movement that put Donald Trump into the White House is now coming for them and first on that list is current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Conservative Leaders Urge Mitch McConnell to Resign
The Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of Senate leadership to resign over their inability to pass President Donald Trump’s agenda, which includes repealing and replacing Obamacare, confirming federal judges, and funding a southern border wall.
The grassroots conservative leaders chastised the members of Senate leadership, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The conservatives argued that the Senate leadership should resign to make way for more effective lawmakers who will enact the president’s populist agenda.
…David Bozell of For America explained that McConnell remains incredibly unpopular, elaborating to say that McConnell has a 9 percent popularity in his home state of Kentucky, 18 percent popularity nationwide, and 40 percent net negative unpopularity among Trump supporters. He added, “The time is now for a leadership change.”
A few reporters asked the panel of conservatives whom they would support to replace McConnell as majority leader of the Senate. Martin of Tea Party Patriots and Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate Conservatives Fund suggested that Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) could serve as a great replacement. Martin said that Perdue was “CEO of a Fortune 500 company; he knows how to lead.”
Cuccinelli explained that his Senate Conservatives Fund plans to target seven out of the eight Republicans who will run for re-election in 2018, which includes Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and John Barrasso (R-WY), a member of Senate leadership. Cuccinelli revealed, “We’re targeting everyone except for Ted Cruz.”
It is Trump Republicans vs Establishment Republicans.
The War of 2018 is underway.