In what seemed to be a show of solidarity between the executive branch and the Republican Party, President Donald Trump held a news conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday.
Yet, if anyone remained cynical that McConnell and the rest of the Republican establishment can help achieve Trump’s agenda, it was Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Hannity had a few choice words when it came to the GOP and where it stands, also making it clear he stands with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“I’m with Steve Bannon in this sense: We can’t lose control of the House and Senate,” he said on his show Monday. “But if Mitch McConnell can’t do his job, go! Get out!”
“And let’s not elect people that aren’t bold and gonna fight to get the job done! What they did on health care was a disgrace,” Hannity added.
Hannity was joined on the air by former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka, who seemed to agree with the Fox News host.
“What has the GOP establishment done for this president?” Gorka asked, “Nothing, absolutely nothing.”
Back in August, Trump appeared to agree with Hannity and Gorka, according to The Globe and Mail. He had tweeted that McConnell’s failure to fix healthcare was a “disgrace” — the precise term Hannity used.
On Monday, though, with McConnell at his side, Trump said, “We’ve been friends for a long time. We are probably now — despite what we read — we’re probably now, I think, at least as far as I’m concerned, closer than ever before,” Trump said, while calling his relationship with McConnell “outstanding”
McConnell concurred, first dismissing any contrary reports but insisting that the pair were “together, totally on this agenda to move America forward.”
Yet Hannity focused on the fact that conflict between Trump and the Republican Party is — or would be — healthy, in a sense.
“I think politicians are all governed by fear. I saw a very fearful Mitch McConnell today,” Hannity said, implying that McConnell was afraid he would be replaced if he continued to stand against Trump.
Gorka concluded by noting how everyone is working to create a stronger America, hinting at Hannity’s previous suggestion that the administration needs people who will “fight.”
“We are dismantling Obama’s disastrous legacy, brick by brick. Join us,” he said.
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