Intercept's DC bureau chief: McConnell was 'quite fine' with Trump losing reelection

Ryan Grim, The Intercept’s bureau chief in Washington, D.C., said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — McConnell searches for debt deal votes GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Debt limit maneuvers; Biden warns Putin MORE's (R-Ky.) position on stimulus checks show he "was quite fine" with President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE losing the election.

In an interview on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Grim cited reports that McConnell told fellow Republicans he was willing to accept stimulus payments in the bill after Georgia GOP Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia governor candidate Perdue says he wouldn't have certified 2020 election results Perilous Pennsylvania, Trump's non-strategy takes another hit GOP braces for brutal primary in Georgia governor's election MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGOP braces for brutal primary in Georgia governor's election Perdue to challenge Kemp in Georgia governor primary: report Senate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority MORE were “getting hammered” by their Senate runoff opponents, Jon OssoffJon OssoffTrump says matchup between Perdue and Kemp will be 'interesting,' stops short of endorsement The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer remains confident in Christmas deadline for Biden agenda Perdue announces bid for Georgia governor, setting up primary against Kemp MORE and the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockPerilous Pennsylvania, Trump's non-strategy takes another hit Senate poised to pass resolution to nullify Biden vaccine mandate GOP braces for brutal primary in Georgia governor's election MORE, for not backing direct payments.

McConnell in the preceding months had resisted such a move, even while Trump pushed for increased payments ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Donald Trump was itching for that same kind of lifeline in September and October, but McConnell’s idea at the time was different,” Grim said.

“That comment that he made in that call with Republican senators was sort of the last data point that you really needed to take your intuition and everything you felt you understood about McConnell’s approach to the general election and to Trump and take it to a place where you can say, ‘OK, now I’m confident that I can conclude that Mitch McConnell was quite fine with Donald Trump losing the presidential election,’” Grim added. 

Watch part of Grim’s interview above.