While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to take up the impeachment fight in the Senate should the House move against President Trump, a new campaign ad from the Kentucky Republican makes clear he’s not wavering on his support for the president.
In the brief video, McConnell accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of being “in the clutches of a left-wing mob” pushing her toward impeaching the president, while promising to stand in her way.
“All of you know your Constitution. The way that impeachment stops is with a Senate majority with me as Majority Leader,” he declares.
He closes by saying, “But I need your help,” as he requests campaign donations. Marine veterans Amy McGrath and Mike Broihier are among the Democrats currently vying for the chance to face McConnell in 2020.
While the primary is far from settled, McConnell’s ad indicates that in the current fight over impeachment, he intends to protect Trump from Democrats’ efforts to remove him even before articles of impeachment have been drafted.
McConnell’s support was not necessarily in question, but a few GOP senators in recent days have spoken out against the president, over his now-public request for Ukraine to “look into” Democratic presidential primary candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in the country. The criticism escalated after Trump made a similar request, during a session with reporters, of China.