Mitch McConnell, The 'Grim Reaper' Of The US Senate
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sat 18th January 2020 | 08:40 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jan, 2020 ) :Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the US Senate, takes pride in calling himself the "Grim Reaper," doling out death to the hopes of Democratic lawmakers.
While Trump is a fast-talking New Yorker born of privilege, the low-key McConnell suffered from polio as a child, chooses his words carefully and delivers them in the slow, southern drawl of his native Alabama.
Where the pair find common cause is on advancing a conservative agenda, notably by packing the courts with judges who share their philosophy.
Following the February 2016 death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, McConnell blocked the appointment of Scalia's successor by then-President Barack Obama on the grounds it was an election year.
"Think of me as the Grim Reaper," he once said, smiling slyly beneath his round, wire-rimmed glasses. "None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it." McConnell sells "Grim Reaper" T-shirts on his campaign website describing himself as "the guy who is going to make sure that socialism doesn't land on the president's desk." McConnell, the patient and skilled backroom negotiator whose recently published memoir is titled "The Long Game," and the voluble Trump got off to a rocky start.
Two years ago, when the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare, Trump aimed a barrage of insulting tweets at McConnell and questioned whether he should remain in the Senate leadership post he obtained in 2014.
The grey-haired veteran politician shrugged off the criticism calling Trump a "new president" who "has not been in this line of work before." "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process," he said.
The Majority Leader, whose wife, Elaine Chao, is Trump's secretary of transportation, has made it clear that when it comes to impeachment, he will do everything he can to protect the Republican in the White House.
He has dismissed the two articles of impeachment -- for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- passed by the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives as "pretty weak stuff" and said the Senate had "no choice but to take it up." And although the 100 members of the Senate swore an oath to administer "impartial justice" at Trump's trial, McConnell said he planned to work in "total coordination" with the White House.
"There's no chance the president's going to be removed from office."