McConnell Speaks Out On Trump: Make Him ‘Most Powerful Republican’

November 3, 2016 6:45 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has largely avoided weighing in on Donald Trump’s candidacy, especially over the past few months, but the senator on Wednesday night urged Kentucky residents to vote for the Republican nominee.

At a rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, McConnell told the crowd that “we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America,” according to the Associated Press.

“If America votes like Kentucky, we’ll be fine,” he added.

McConnell’s remark voicing support for Trump follows several months during which the majority leader has refrained from commenting about the Republican nominee.

In early October, McConnell told attendees at an event in Kentucky that if they wanted him to talk about Trump, then they should “get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.”

His refusal to talk about Trump came just a few days after the release of a 2005 tape revealing vulgar comments about women from Trump. McConnell condemned Trump’s remarks on the tape, but he did not pull his endorsement of the Republican nominee.

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