Mitch McConnell Will Support Donald Trump As GOP Nominee

May 5, 2016 7:22 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday evening offered a tepid statement declaring that he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.

“I have committed to supporting the nominee chosen by Republican voters, and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee is now on the verge of clinching that nomination,” McConnell said in the statement.

“Republicans are committed to preventing what would be a third term of Barack Obama and restoring economic and national security after eight years of a Democrat in the White House,” he added. “As the presumptive nominee, he now has the opportunity and the obligation to unite our party around our goals.”

McConnell joins the ranks of several Republican lawmakers who have affirmed that they will support Trump as the party’s nominee. While many have resigned themselves to backing Trump, several lawmakers have avoided supporting Trump outright or said that they will never vote for him.

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