: Would McConnell support Trump as 2024 presidential nominee? ‘Absolutely’

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Despite saying Donald Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he would “absolutely” support Trump if he’s the Republican nominee in 2024.

Last week, Trump blasted McConnell, R-Ky., as “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” for failing to support him enough. But McConnell did not hesitate when asked during a Fox News interview Thursday whether he’d support the former president if Trump wins the nomination.

“The nominee of the party? Absolutely!” McConnell said.

McConnell added that “There’s a lot to happen between now and ’24. I’ve got at least four members that I think are planning on running for president … Should be a wide open race.”

He stressed that his focus is on the 2022 midterm election. “Let’s focus on winning the House and the Senate in ’22,” McConnell said, saying that would give the future presidential nominee “whoever that may be, the best chance to be victorious.”

McConnell voted against convicting Trump during impeachment proceedings earlier this month, but put the blame directly at Trump’s feet in a speech after the vote, which acquitted Trump.

“Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty,” he said at the time.

Trump is still wildly popular among the Republican Party, and is scheduled to speak Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Florida, where he is expected to remind Republicans that he’s “still in charge” of the party.