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GOP Lawmakers Say It's Time to Move Past Mitch McConnell

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For years, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was one of the most powerful men in all of the Republican Party, having led the GOP side of the Senate for years on end.

But not that McConnell has found himself running afoul of Donald Trump and the powerful MAGA Movement, the Bluegrass State lawmaker’s days appear to be numbered…and a pair of Missouri Republicans are lining to up to spread that message.

Incumbent Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Missouri Senate hopeful Eric Schmitt each said Monday that if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate, they won’t support Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for another term as leader.

At a rally for Schmitt in Springfield, Missouri, Hawley told a gaggle of reporters that he prefers a fresh face for leader, citing disagreements with McConnell on funding Ukraine’s defense against Russia and spending legislation.

“I don’t imagine I will, no,” Hawley reportedly said when asked if he would support McConnell.

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“I’m not sure if any other senator will run or not. Nobody’s indicated they would. But my view is that we need new leadership in that position,” he added.

Asked by St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum who should be the next GOP leader, Hawley simply replied, “not Mitch McConnell.”

Former President Trump was a bit more blunt about it.

“This guy does not deserve to continue to be leader and hopefully somebody’s going to challenge him,” Trump said in a radio interview last week. “But I’ll tell you, if I run, and if I win, he will not be leader.”

McConnell is largely seen as an “old guard” figure within the GOP, with the far more enthusiastic MAGA crowd looking to take the reins of the GOP in the coming years.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.