McConnell cites recent controversy to suggest it is ‘highly unlikely’ that Trump will ‘ever be elected president’ again

There should no longer be any illusions of a congenial relationship between former President Donald Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but the rift between them was made abundantly clear once again on Tuesday.

During a press conference, McConnell referenced a recent controversy surrounding the former president and, without directly naming Trump, said it was “highly unlikely” that anybody in such circumstances would “ever be elected president,” the Conservative Brief reported.

Trump, of course, only recently made the formal announcement on Nov. 15 that he was a candidate for the 2024 cycle to be nominated by the Republican Party to seek a second term in the White House.

A consequential dinner

The Daily Caller reported that the controversy referenced by Sen. McConnell was former President Trump’s recent dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with rapper Kanye West and two other individuals, Nick Fuentes and Milo Yiannopoulos.

West had recently come under sustained fire from all sides for a series of comments he made about Jews that were deemed by many to be anti-Semitic.

Fuentes, meanwhile, is an openly avowed white nationalist who has proudly espoused anti-Semitic and racist views. Yiannopoulos has not been credibly charged as an anti-Semite or white supremacist but is generally regarded by many to be a controversial figure nonetheless.

For what it is worth, Trump has insisted that he only invited West to dinner and the other two were brought along as uninvited guests, and has further asserted that he did not know Fuentes or was aware of his disreputable opinions on Jews and other minorities.

McConnell implies Trump won’t win re-election

With all of that context very much in play, thanks to incessant media coverage of the Mar-a-Lago dinner, Sen. McConnell sought to address the situation at the beginning of a press conference while flanked by other top Senate Republicans.

“First, let me just say that there is no room in the Republican Party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy,” McConnell said.

He added, “And anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view, in my judgment, are highly unlikely to ever be elected president of the United States.”

To be sure, The Daily Caller noted that McConnell is just one of several prominent Republican politicians — to say nothing of much of the conservative punditry — who has openly criticized Trump for his controversial dinner guests and expressed their belief that associating with such individuals is a disqualification in terms of seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency.

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