Mitch McConnell Says He’ll Stay in the Senate To Fight the ‘Isolationist Movement’

McConnell is stepping down from his leadership role in November but says he will stay in the Senate

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has vowed to stay in the Senate to fight against what he called an “isolationist movement” within the GOP, referring to Republicans who oppose the proxy war in Ukraine.

Earlier this year, the 82-year-old said he would step down from his position as the Senate GOP leader this November after nearly two decades. In a radio interview on Monday, McConnell said he would stay in the Senate at least until his term ends in 2026.

“I’m particularly involved in actually fighting back against the isolationist movement in my own party. And some in the other as well. And the symbol of that lately is: Are we going to help Ukraine or not?” McConnell said, according to POLITICO. “I’ve got this sort of on my mind for the next couple years as something I’m going to focus on.”

McConnell has been leading the charge in the Senate on the Ukraine proxy war and previously declared arming Ukraine is the “number one priority” for Republicans in Congress.

In his interview on Monday, McConnell also discussed his fellow Kentucky Republican senator, Rand Paul, and said he was worried that more members of the GOP were beginning to align with him.

“What’s made it more troublesome is, it seems to me, others are heading in that direction, making arguments that are easily refuted. We’re not losing any of our troops, the Ukrainians are the ones doing the fighting,” he said.

While panning Republicans opposed more Ukraine aid as “isolationists,” virtually all GOP members in Congress are in favor of arming Israel to support the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. The majority of Republicans also believe the US should be building up its military in the Asia Pacific to prepare for a future war with China.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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