President Donald Trump has reportedly encouraged Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., to face off against Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to become the Senate majority leader after the midterms.
According to a report from Breitbart News, Politico Playbook alleged that President Trump pitched this idea to Sen. Scott at Mar-a-Lago this past week.
President Trump has made no secret of his distaste for “Old Crow” McConnell.
Trump has also ripped McConnell for being “the most overrated man in politics,” following McConnell’s yes vote on Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in August 2021.
In fact, McConnell is poised to lose his position as the minority leader if he does not repair his relationship with President Trump. McConnell’s attacks against Trump for the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as well as his insistence that Joe Biden legitimately won the presidential election in 2020, has not won him the hearts of conservative voters, either.
Additionally, the Breitbart News report revealed that Sen. Scott reportedly did not push back on Trump’s idea to challenge McConnell, which could be a potential sign that he is considering the move as midterms draw closer. Scott currently chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
Suppose President Trump is urging Sen. Rick Scott to challenge Sen. McConnell after the midterms. In that case, the timing could be perfect as Republicans expect to enjoy a “red wave” of conservative victories across the nation heading into 2022. A fresh Senate majority leader could be just what the GOP needs.