McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism

“What we need right now is for Sen. McConnell to unequivocally say that the second impeachment of Donald Trump after he leaves office is not only unconstitutional, it is bad for the country, and stand up and fight back,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said during an interview with Fox News.

Graham credited McConnell for his work on judicial nominations and said he “really helped” Trump, but “I’m asking Republican leaders in the Senate to lead.”

When speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Graham stopped short of telling McConnell to dial back his rhetoric, saying instead that “most of us want to get the party back together.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) didn’t mention McConnell by name but warned during a Fox interview that if “Republicans, particularly Republican leadership, goes along with this impeachment, they’ll destroy the party.”

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