Mitch McConnell made a subtle dig at Donald Trump as he branded the Georgia Senate runoff a ‘fiasco’.
The Senate Minority Leader said he would be prepared to get involved in future primaries in order to stop another general election loss.
By convention, party leaders do not normally involve themselves with GOP primaries but McConnell says he will do what he can to win next time.
January’s Georgia runoff saw two Republican incumbents, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, lose out to Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The results gave Democrats effective control of the Senate, with both parties holding 50 seats in the Chamber but Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote conferring a majority.
McConnell told The Wall Street Journal: ‘Georgia was a fiasco. We all know why that happened.
‘Getting candidates who can actually win in November,’ is the priority, McConnell said.
He added: ‘That may or may not involve trying to affect the outcome of the primaries.’
McConnell said ‘electability’ was the main factor for him rather than any particular brand of Republicanism.
McConnell’s comments come as Sean Hannity called him ‘sanctimonious’ and warned he will soon be challenged for leadership of the Republican party.
The GOP leader wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he bore no ill will to the seven Republican senators who voted to impeach.
He spelled out his reasons for voting to acquit – arguing that he felt the Constitution did not allow for impeaching a president who has already left office.
But, in a careful threading of the needle, he insisted he respected those who voted differently to him.
‘I don’t begrudge my colleagues their own conclusions,’ he wrote. ‘I respect senators who reached the opposite answer.’
He added: ‘There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone.
‘His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.’
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