Josh Hawley Puts Mitch McConnell on Notice: ‘We Need New Leadership’

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has put Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on notice by calling for “new leadership in that position.”

Hawley warned that he won’t McConnell for another term as leader if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.

When asked if he would support McConnell again, Hawley said:

“I don’t imagine I will, no.

“I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not.

“Nobody’s indicated they would.

“But my view is that we need new leadership in that position.”

When asked who should be the next Republican leader, Hawley said: “Not Mitch McConnell.”

President Donald Trump also shares Hawley’s view.

“This guy does not deserve to continue to be leader and hopefully somebody’s going to challenge him,” Trump said of McConnell.

“But I’ll tell you, if I run, and if I win, he will not be leader.

“I think we’ll probably have to live with him for two years.

“And if I run and I win, I will say don’t send me any legislation if he’s the leader, and he’ll be out in two minutes.”

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Trump said GOP Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) would “have a lot of support” if he challenged McConnell.

“I think Rick Scott is a likely candidate — he hates the guy,” Trump said.

“He’s tough — he’s tough, and I think he would probably go for it.

“People are very upset with Mitch McConnell — I’ll tell you who is upset with him — the public,” he said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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