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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 McConnellMcCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election Democrats roll out legislation to expand Supreme Court Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study MORE's (R-Ky.) position on stimulus checks show he "was quite fine" with President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he 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's top election official looks to shake political drama Lobbying world JPMorgan Chase CEO speaks out to defend voting rights in response to Georgia law MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNBA names Obama alum to be director for social justice initiatives Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' MORE were “getting hammered” by their Senate runoff opponents, Jon OssoffJon OssoffWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Biden praises settlement in dispute between electric vehicle battery makers Memo to millennials: Don't be mad at us MORE and the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockNBA names Obama alum to be director for social justice initiatives Wall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate bid 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.