While McConnell’s conduct has stirred outrage among those demanding a fair trial—with the impeachment rules sparking the latest McConnell-themed hashtag on social media, #MidnightMitch—journalist Sean Illing wrote for Vox.com that nobody familiar with the Majority Leader will be shocked in the least by what the nation is now witnessing.
For those who don’t know McConnell, Illing explained, “know this: He’s arguably the most ruthless political operator in American politics and has almost single-handedly broken the Senate.” He further noted:
McConnell has reportedly said in private that he wants a short trial with no witnesses called to testify, and he’s said publicly that the outcome of the trial is basically already determined. Given what we know about McConnell, this isn’t surprising.
“This is not a process for a fair trial, this is the process for a rigged trial,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and lead manager for the Senate trial.
Like countless others, Schiff to described what the Senate is doing with one hyphenated word. It’s a “cover-up,” he said.