McConnell responds to Bannon targeting him: 'I laughed. Ha-ha.'

McConnell responds to Bannon targeting him: 'I laughed. Ha-ha.'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse chairman asks CDC director to testify on reopening schools during pandemic Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections MORE (R-Ky.) said former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s pledge to oust him from his leadership position by next year made him laugh.

“You can write that down,” McConnell told The New York Times on Friday. “I laughed. Ha-ha. That’s a perfect response.”

The comment from McConnell comes after Bannon in his own interview with the newspaper said he does not think McConnell will still be majority leader this time next year.

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"It’s not my personal mission, but it is an objective that I — I have an objective that Mitch McConnell will not be majority leader, and I believe will be done before this time next year," Bannon told the Times.

Bannon, who has promised to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterms and put up primary challengers against GOP senators, called for McConnell’s resignation during a live television interview last week with Fox News's Sean Hannity.

“I tell you Sean, I’m to the point that I think Mitch McConnell, to really bring unity to the Republican Party and get things done, I think Mitch McConnell ought to tender his resignation,” Bannon said Wednesday.

Bannon said McConnell should immediately resign, but make the move effective after the GOP's tax push.

McConnell in his interview with the Times said Bannon's wing of the party “will not prevail anywhere” in 2018.

“Their specialty is nominating people who lose in November,” McConnell told the newspaper, referring to general election match-ups. “When they prevail, and they haven’t done that in recent years, we lose, and our intention in 2018 is they will not prevail anywhere.”