“I feel exhilarated by the fact that this fellow finally, totally discredited himself,” McConnell reportedly said after the events of Jan. 6, 2021 had unfolded. McConnell shared a macabre analogy with Martin: “He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

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Martin writes that McConnell fished for rumors about whether or not Vice President Mike Pence or Trump’s Cabinet of con artists were making any moves to try and get Trump pushed out of office early under the 25th Amendment, and even said he had spoken with Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi about releasing a joint statement together urging Trump not to be anywhere near the inauguration.

Clearly none of those things happened, and now McConnell, like the turtle he resembles, has spent the past year and few months using his shell to keep from having any direct confrontations with The Donald, while also seeing if the constitutional provisions for enacting law against corrupt officials can function to keep him in control of his warring fascist political party. Sadly, these are the same provisions that he has personally worked to erode and defang.

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