Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has a lot of admiration, apparently, for billionaire and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. McConnell voiced his support for Trump Thursday in an interview with Rusty Humphries on USA Radio’s Trending Today USA.
“I’m going to support him,” he told Humphries, adding, “I think he’s earned the nomination the old-fashioned way. He went out and won the primaries.”
“That’s how you get the nomination,” McConnell said. The senator indicated his decision to support Trump is a simple one for him. “I also don’t have any trouble supporting him because I know if Hillary [Clinton] wins it will be four more years just like the last eight, and I don’t think that’s a good direction for the country to take. That’s what this election is really about.”
McConnell said he believes the Republican Party today is the “most conservative party in my lifetime,” but added that Trump needs to be in the White House. “He would’ve signed what we sent to President Obama six months ago,” the senator from Kentucky contended.
McConnell referenced a largely symbolic bill Republicans presented to Obama that, if signed, would have repealed Obamacare and defunded Planned Parenthood. The bill was presented to Obama Jan. 5, and he promptly vetoed it.
Repealing Obamacare is one of the first pieces of legislation Trump has said he would push for if elected. And having the Senate majority leader’s unreserved support might give the type of establishment credibility the Trump campaign needs to get more votes from Republicans who are still on the fence as to whether they will vote for Trump.