(PatriotWise.com)- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is at it again, seemingly betraying former President Donald Trump and even the Republican Party as a whole.
Recently, McConnell, the Senator from Kentucky, said President Joe Biden was “a first-rate person.” He tried to tone down those positive comments by saying he doesn’t like the company the president keeps.
Speaking to reporters recently, McConnell said he’d continue to fight the political agenda of the Biden administration that’s “going in exactly the wrong direction.” But then he praised the president, saying:
“I like him personally. I mean, we’ve been friends for a long time. He’s a first-rate person. Nevertheless, this is a bold, left-wing administration. I don’t think they have a mandate to do what they’re doing.”
In speaking to reporters, McConnell said his job as the minority leader in the Senate was like being a “defensive coordinator.” He said Republicans are in “a reactive mode” rather than being in the driver’s seat. He said:
“I would love to find some things that we can agree on.” But, he said there’s “big philosophical differences, and that’s going to make it more and more difficult for us to reach bipartisan agreements.”
During the Obama administration, Biden and McConnell cut many deals to get bipartisan measures passed. They apparently used the relationship they created when the two were long-time colleagues in the Senate as the basis for those negotiations.
Now that Biden is leading the White House, though, the talks between him and McConnell have apparently stopped altogether. McConnell said recently he has spoken with the president much at all since Biden was inaugurated on January 20.
The Hill did recently report, though, that Biden called McConnell to discuss his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Even though Democrats control both chambers of Congress, McConnell said he doesn’t believe voters have given them a mandate to do whatever they want to do. He said:
“I don’t think the American people gave them a mandate to drive our country all the way to the political left … I’m going to fight them every step of the way.”
Republicans have stuck together thus far, banding against Democrats when Biden proposed a $1.9 trillion economic relief package. With next to no support from Republicans, Democrats were forced to pass the measure through budget reconciliation to bypass the Senate’s filibuster rule.
It seems as though Democrats may have to try the same maneuver to pass the infrastructure package, as McConnell said it’s not very popular among GOP lawmakers in Congress. He explained:
“I think that package that they’re putting together now, as much as we would like to address infrastructure, is not going to get support from our side because I think … the last thing the economy needs right now is a big whooping tax increase on all the productive sections of our economy.”
A part of the “Build Back Better” program Biden laid out this week that isn’t popular among Republicans is the need to raise the corporate tax to 28% from 21% to partially fund it.