Fox News' Hannity Calls for McConnell to Be Ousted From GOP Leadership

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Mitch McConnell talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, March 1, 2016.
Mitch McConnell talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, March 1, 2016.Credit: AP

Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped into U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell  after the Kentucky senator accused President Donald Trump of provoking the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

“Now soon-to-be minority leader Mitch McConnell and a handful of other long serving establishment Republicans are trying to reassert control of the GOP, and their playbook is sadly all too predictable,” Hannity argued in a monologue representative of the tensions currently consuming the Republican Party.

Hannity continued, “Instead of picking up the mantle and promoting the president’s America First agenda, they are cowering in fear, wilting under the pressure from the media mob, liberal Democrats, and big tech companies.”

“Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision,” Hannity blasted. “We need new leadership in the U.S. Senate,” he added. 

“You can represent the people of Kentucky. You’re showing basically right now that you’re the king of the establishment Republicans that, frankly, have always had and remain to have contempt for President Trump, but more importantly, the 75 million Americans that voted for him.”

"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor that raised Hannity’s ire.

The U.S. House of Representatives last Wednesday impeached Trump for a second time. The Senate has yet to schedule a trial to determine Trump's guilt or innocence.

McConnell last week said he would listen to the arguments presented during the Senate trial before deciding how to vote on the impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection that resulted in the siege of the Capitol.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who is poised to become Senate majority leader in coming days, said in a Senate speech that Trump "is a threat to our constitutional order whether he is in or out of office."

Trump's term as president ends on Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

Schumer added that if Trump is convicted, the Senate would then vote on barring him from running again for president.

Trump supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, delaying certification of Biden’s November election victory by several hours, forcing lawmakers to seek safety, and resulting in the death of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

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