Erick Erickson: Time to ditch McConnell

Greg Nash

Conservative columnist Erick Erickson is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down, arguing during a Wednesday appearance on “Fox & Friends” that the Kentucky Republican “doesn’t seem to be down with the president’s agenda.”

“He doesn’t seem to be down with the president’s agenda. Where’s the wall? Where’s tax reform? Where’s ObamaCare repeal? These are all things that go to the Senate and then they suddenly die,” Erickson said.

“It’s not like there aren’t the votes in the Senate to get them passed. We can’t even blame filibuster for this because the way they structured Obamacare repeal you only needed 50 votes plus the vice president. They can’t even get that with Mitch McConnell.”

{mosads}Erickson’s comments come after Republican leadership in the Senate failed to gather enough votes to pass a GOP healthcare bill President Trump had strongly endorsed.

On Tuesday, he accused the 75-year-old McConnell of being “intent to let [the GOP agenda] die.”

“The entirety of the GOP agenda is stuck in the Senate where Mitch McConnell seems intent to let it all die on the vine while blaming conservatives,” Erickson, 42, wrote in a scathing editorial.

“It is time for the Senate GOP to replace Mitch McConnell so that President Trump can actually get some of his legislative policies advanced. It is not conservatives who are the obstacle, but the Senate leader himself,” added Erickson, who endorsed independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is blaming “Democrats and a few Republicans” for not getting ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation passed, while GOP senators say Trump failed to provide any meaningful political momentum for the prized measure.

“He was of no help,” noted one GOP senator.

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