Donald Trump said this week that he would illegally take election help from a foreign government, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to gaslight us into believing this is about the Mueller report. “I said weeks ago, case closed. We got the Mueller report, the only objective evaluation that will be conducted,” McConnell told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham. “He gets picked at every day over every different aspect of it.”
Mitch, you don’t get to say case closed about something weeks before it happens. We’re talking about what Trump said this week, which was that he would break the law by accepting foreign election help and might not report it to the FBI (translation: definitely wouldn’t report it). That may be similar to a major question addressed by the Mueller report—it may even provide us with a new angle on reading the report—but it’s a whole new event.
It wouldn’t be a full Mitch McConnell interview without some wildly dishonest attacks on Democrats, though, and he didn’t disappoint. “But the fundamental point is that they are trying to keep the 2016 election alive and the investigation alive when the American people have heard enough,” McConnell said. “They got the Mueller report, they would like for us to do some business. I would ask the Democrats in the House this: Is there anything you’re willing to do other than harass the President for the next two years? Anything at all?”
Like, uh, passing 116 bills through roll call votes between January 3 and May 24? McConnell’s Senate only took up 20 of the bills the House passed, but that doesn’t mean that the For the People Act and the Equality Act and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and so many others don’t exist.
Donald Trump has a big edge on outright lying, but Mitch McConnell may be the most dishonest man in Washington, D.C.