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 McConnell’s (R-Ky.) position on stimulus checks show he “was quite fine” with President Trump 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 Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were “getting hammered” by their Senate runoff opponents, Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, 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.

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