Senator Mitch McConnell has said that he never turned down a meeting with former US President Barack Obama. The Senate Majority Leader appears to be lying about one such incident, as The Huffington Post previously reported a Republican slight in 2011 that “Obama spokesmen have generally avoided portraying…as a deliberate brush-off by Republicans.”
It has come to light that Senator Mitch McConnell was among a group of Republicans who refused to attend a bipartisan dinner with President Barack Obama.
An official at the time described McConnell’s snub as being due to “scheduling conflicts.”
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The whole issue arose after the two Democratic leaders in Congress, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, called off a scheduled meeting with Donald Trump just hours before it was to take place, following a tweet by the president that cast doubt on the value of holding the meeting in the first place.
McConnell said on the matter, “I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called. A bipartisan meeting. It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama, I’m not showing up. That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us.”
McConnell is one of several senior Republicans who has helped to prop up the Trump administration. While he may not be the president’s biggest supporter, he shares his boss’s willingness to lie about provable events. Another senior Republican now caught in a lie is going to heap further pressure on Republicans as they head towards 2020 and the second round of a Trump campaign. The constant lying will surely cost them at the ballot box in 2020 and if Trump somehow clings on until then, he will likely be defeated by any candidate the Democrats can put up.
Trump has surrounded himself with like-minded peers and Mitch McConnell is just another one of them now caught in a lie. The public is not stupid and their patience is running thin. The constant lies of the Trump administration are going to come back to damage the future of the Republican party itself for years to come.
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