Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would “absolutely” support former President Donald Trump if he became the GOP nominee in the 2024 presidential race.
When pressed by Fox News’ Bret Baier about supporting Trump in the future, McConnell offered, “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” A clear reversal from his previous comments when the Kentucky Republican said the GOP needed to move past Trump.
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said on the Senate Floor two weeks after a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. A pointed rebuke of Trump that has faded away and replaced by the Leader’s supportive words less than a month after denouncing the former president.
Trump remains a leader of the GOP, and even Republicans who’ve been against him haven’t denied their love affair with the disgraced former president.
“I’m pretty sure he will win the nomination,” Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday in an interview with The New York Times. “I look at the polls and the polls show that, among the names being floated as potential contenders in 2024, if you put President Trump in there among Republicans, he wins in a landslide.”
McConnell’s comments come days before Trump is set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday. He plans to address “the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement” and some wonder if he’ll officially announce his intention for 2024.