Nikki Haley’s defeat forced Mitch McConnell to make the one endorsement he was hoping to avoid

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Mitch McConnell has been one of the Democrats’ top allies during his long tenure as Senate Party Leader.

McConnell announced last month that he is stepping aside from his leadership role after November.

And Nikki Haley’s defeat forced Mitch McConnell to make the one endorsement he was hoping to avoid.

Mitch McConnell’s Reign of Terror

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has served as the GOP Senate Leader since 2007.

He currently holds the record as the longest-serving Senate Leader in American history.

Of course, McConnell became an enemy to conservatives and an ally to Democrats during his time as Senate Leader.

From cutting a deal to pass the largest gun control bill in the past 30 years to caving in on the debt ceiling to illegal spying on Americans to foreign welfare, McConnell has sold out on every issue conservatives care about.

But after serving as a killer of conservative legislation, McConnell announced last month that he would be stepping aside from his leadership role after the November elections.

“As I have been thinking about when I would deliver some news to the Senate, I always imagined a moment when I had total clarity and peace about the sunset of my work,” McConnell said.

“A moment when I am certain I have helped preserve the ideals I so strongly believe,” he continued. “It arrived today.”

McConnell then informed his colleagues that he would be stepping down as Senate Leader in November.

“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” he said in prepared remarks obtained by AP. “So I stand before you today . . . to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

McConnell’s announcement surprised his colleagues and filled conservatives with excitement.

McConnell Endorses Trump

But on Wednesday, McConnell made another surprising announcement that was forced on him by Nikki Haley’s departure from the Presidential race.

After refusing to support the former President, McConnell had no choice but to endorse Donald Trump after he secured the nomination with Haley’s exit from the race.

“It is abundantly clear that former President Trump has earned the requisite support of Republican voters to be our nominee for President of the United States,” McConnell wrote in a statement immediately following Haley’s announcement. “It should come as no surprise that as nominee, he will have my support.”

McConnell mentioned how he previously worked with Trump “to accomplish great things for the American people,” including “tax reform that supercharged our economy and a generational change of our federal judiciary — most importantly, the Supreme Court.”

McConnell then claimed he is excited about going on offense against Joe Biden’s failed policies.

“I look forward to the opportunity of switching from playing defense against the terrible policies the Biden administration has pursued to a sustained offense geared towards making a real difference in improving the lives of the American people,” McConnell concluded.

Mitch McConnell waited as long as possible to endorse Donald Trump.

But Haley’s exit from the race forced his hand.

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