Mitch McConnell cautious about GOP chances of taking Senate midterm


FLORENCE, Ky. — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday downplayed his party’s chances of regaining control of the Senate in November and criticized threats and acts of violence toward law enforcement.

The Kentucky Republican laid out his expectations for the GOP to take over Congress midway through 2022 and whether Democrats can hold on to their slim 50-50 Senate majority, where Vice President Kamala Harris has a deciding vote.

“I think there’s probably a better chance of the House rocking than the Senate,” McConnell said at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce event. “Senate races are just different. They’re statewide, the quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome.”

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The comments came as the Senate Leadership Fund, a McConnell-aligned group, bought $28 million in airtime to support Senate candidate JD Vance in Ohio. Recent polls have shown Democrats leading the Senate races in Pennsylvania and Georgia.

McConnell slams violence against FBI and law enforcement

McConnell said the attacks on law enforcement were “completely unacceptable”.

“I think attacks on law enforcement are totally unacceptable,” McConnell told reporters during a visit to Greater Cincinnati on Thursday. “Acts of violence are not protected by the First Amendment and people who commit acts of violence must pay the price,” McConnell told reporters, a week after a gunman wearing a body armor was killed. attempted to enter FBI headquarters in Cincinnati.

“Hopefully everyone in public life will stand up to this,” McConnell said, when asked about the growing threats and anti-law enforcement rhetoric following the FBI’s raid of the Mar-a- Lago of former President Donald Trump in Florida.

McConnell declined to comment on the research. “I have been following, like everyone else, the events in various courts and until we come to a conclusion, I really have nothing to add,” he said.

A federal magistrate in Florida heard arguments on Thursday about whether to unseal the affidavit that justified the unprecedented search of the former president’s estate.

Ricky Shiffer, 42, attempted to enter the field office’s visitor screening area last week, police said, before directing officers on a chase north on Interstate 71. Shiffer was shot and killed by Clinton County authorities after a standoff that lasted hours, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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Authorities have not released a possible motive for the attempted violation in Cincinnati. The incident came a day after FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of online threats against agents and the Justice Department after the agency issued a search warrant at Trump’s home. at Mar-a-Lago.

A Truth Social account allegedly owned by Shiffer in recent days had referenced the raid at Mar-a-Lago. One of the last messages appeared that day: “If you haven’t heard from me, it’s true that I tried to attack the FBI”

USA TODAY and Columbus Dispatch contributed to this report.


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