McConnell Says 2022 Elections Shouldn't Be 'Rehash' of 2020 Fraud Claims

Headline Roundup October 19th, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that the upcoming 2022 elections should "be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020." McConnell argued that "we need to be talking about the future and not the past," and said "the American people are focusing on this administration and what it’s doing to the country." Former President Donald Trump has claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. McConnell, while voting against Trump's impeachment in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has condemned his claims of widespread election fraud.

There was limited coverage of McConnell's comments as of Tuesday evening. Some reports from center- and left-rated outlets cast doubt on McConnell's vision and cited examples of how Trump is retaining relevance among his supporters. 

From the Right
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As the GOP works to recapture the Senate majority in next year’s midterm elections, longtime Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is making it crystal clear what he thinks of former President Trump’s relitigating of his 2020 election loss to President Biden.

"I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past," McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when asked if he was comfortable with his party’s embrace of the former president.

"I think the American people are focusing on this administration, what it’s doing to the country, and it’s my hope the...

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From the Center
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday deflected a question about former President Donald Trump's attendance at a GOP retreat last week, urging the party to focus on the future instead of the past.

Speaking alongside Republican Senate leadership following party caucus lunches, McConnell was asked by CNN's Manu Raju if he was "comfortable" with his party's embrace of Trump given his prior comments about the former president being "morally responsible" for the Capitol riot.

"Well I do think we need to be talking about the future, and not the past,"...

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Even as former President Donald Trump remains a divisive force atop the Republican party, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to make the 2022 midterms all about President Joe Biden.

"I do think we need to be talking about the future and not the past. I think the American people are focusing on this administration — and what it’s doing to the country. It’s my hope the ’22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened...

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