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McConnell In Discussions About Trump Endorsement 

Holland McKinnie
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The GOP political landscape is witnessing a possible reconciliation between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and President Donald Trump. As the Republican Party gears up for the 2024 presidential race, there is growing speculation about McConnell endorsing Trump’s bid for the White House. 

Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that discussions between the two camps have been underway, facilitated by Trump’s campaign adviser, Chris LaCivita, and McConnell’s confidant, Josh Holmes. These talks could thaw the freeze in their relationship since December 2020 and pave the way for a united front against the Democrats, particularly President Joe Biden, who is seen as the common adversary.

A McConnell endorsement would signal a major party endorsement for Trump and encourage donors and some neoconservative anti-Trump Republicans to rally behind his candidacy. Unity within the Republican ranks is essential for the prospects for candidates at all levels of government in November.

Trump’s campaign has gained momentum, underscored by his recent victory in the South Carolina primary. This win further cements his status as the presumptive GOP nominee. Notably, more than two-thirds of Senate Republicans, including key figures who are allies of McConnell, have already endorsed Trump. This collective backing from the Senate GOP underscores the prevailing sentiment within the party: that unity is paramount for defeating Biden in the upcoming election.

The Senate GOP campaign head, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), has been working to bring the Trump and McConnell teams together in the name of party unity in the fight to prevent a second Biden/Harris term. “I’m encouraging the Republican Party to unite behind President Trump. It will take all of us working together to win the Senate and defeat Joe Biden in November,” Daines said.

During a Fox News town hall hosted by Laura Ingraham last week, Trump sounded doubtful about the prospects of working with McConnell in the long term. “He’ll probably end up endorsing me. I don’t know that I can work with him. He gave away trillions of dollars that he didn’t have to, trillions of dollars. He made it very easy for the Democrats,” the 45th president said. 

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