Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has encountered mixed reviews from his own party regarding his term as majority leader.
For Fox News host Sean Hannity, the past several years have led to the need for fresh Republican faces — and now, he is calling on McConnell to resign from his leadership position.
Establishment wing falls out of favor
During a segment of his program on Tuesday, Hannity said that the GOP needs “new leadership in the U.S. Senate,” asserting that McConnell’s standing within the party has plummeted as Democrats regained a governing majority in the upper chamber, as the Washington Examiner reported.
With Democrats in control of Congress and the White House, the cable news host argued that Republicans are in need of a strong advocate. Of course, even during the height of GOP power on Capitol Hill in the wake of the 2016 election, McConnell struggled to achieve his party’s stated objectives.
The 2020 election season could have been seen as a turning point for the Republican Party, but critics argue that party leaders failed at a critical time.
House Republicans made gains in November and could be in a prime position to take back control of the chamber in the 2022 midterms. In the Senate, however, a 50-50 split — with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tie-breaking vote — has left plenty of Republican voters perplexed.
For his part, McConnell is seen by many in his party as the figure of establishment Republican politics, resulting in escalating calls for him to be replaced.
“No backbone, no principle, no courage”
Illustrating why he believes this class of GOP leaders must go, Hannity said: “Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision. Too many politicians in D.C. are just far too willing to go along, get along, and protect the swamp. And that is why conservatives, like myself, well, we’re tired of these empty promises, and your rehearsed speeches, and never getting anything done.”
McConnell’s failure to retain control of the Senate even as House Republicans made gains is largely seen as a direct repudiation of the party’s establishment wing and a signal that it is time for a change.
Being out of power for at least the next two years, however, could be an opportunity for the Republican Party to regroup and institute key changes in preparation for next year’s elections.
While prominent mainstream media voices are sure to continue attacking the GOP, most Americans will have their eyes on President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, which can no longer cast the blame for the nation’s problems on Republicans.
Following McConnell’s remarks from the Senate floor blaming Trump for the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Hannity concluded that the “soon-to-be minority leader” has revealed that he is “the king of the establishment Republicans that, frankly, have always had and remain to have contempt for President Trump, but more importantly, the 75 million Americans that voted for him,” according to reports.