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GOP Senators Reportedly Refuse to Go Along With Trump’s Plan to Depose McConnell

This combination of pictures created on February 16, 2021 shows then-President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27, 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill on Feb. 5, 2020. SAUL LOEB/Getty Images

Differences between Trump and McConnell have only grown since the former president left office. McConnell was one of 18 Senate Republicans to vote in favor of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that Trump spoke up against. Although Trump has been open about his desire for Republican senators to oust McConnell from the leadership spot he has held for almost 15 years, he refused to discuss in a recent interview whether he was trying to get potential challengers together.

For now it seems even Trump’s most fervent allies aren’t all that eager to join the former president in the plan to oust McConnell. “Naw, I’m not going to get in that fight,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who was one of Trump’s top allies in the Senate, said. Even candidates that Trump has endorsed have failed to publicly express a desire to oust McConnell from his position.

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