McConnell calls out Biden for progressive ‘bait and switch’

President Joe Biden speaks during a rally at Infinite Energy Center, to mark his 100th day in office, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Duluth, Ga.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused President Biden of pulling a “bait and switch” on American voters, alleging the president has sought a much more progressive agenda than the one on which he campaigned. 

McConnell accused Biden of delivering for the far-left flank of his party while opting not to work across the aisle, the Kentucky Republican emphasizing that he has not yet been invited to meet with the president at the White House. 

“I think of it as the Biden bait and switch. But everything he’s recommended so far has been hard left,” McConnell said Thursday on Fox News.

“Bernie Sanders is really happy — he may have lost a nomination, but he won the argument over what today’s Democratic Party is: more taxes, more spending, more borrowing,” he said. 

McConnell’s criticisms come just one day after Biden delivered his first joint address to Congress laying out a $6 trillion, big-government agenda largely paid for by increased taxes on the wealthy and investors.  

McConnell also dismissed former President Donald Trump’s criticism of his leadership, in a Fox Business interview earlier in the day, when Trump said: “We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell has not done a great job. I think they should change Mitch McConnell.” 

McConnell said he is more focused on the future of the GOP, pointing to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) rebuttal to Biden’s address laying out Republican’s vision for the country. 

President Joe Biden speaks during a rally to mark his 100th day in office on April 29, 2021, in Duluth, Ga.
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“Well look, we’re looking to the future, not the past. And if you want to see the future of the Republican Party, watch Tim Scott’s response to President Biden last night. He’s the future. That’s where we’re headed. We’re not preoccupied with the past but looking forward,” he said. 

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While McConnell has indicated he would not like Trump to be the 2024 GOP presidential nominee, he said he will support him if he wins the primary.

“Well, I’m going to support the nominee of the Republican Party — I do predict, however, there’s going to be a robust competition for the nomination,” he continued. “And I’ve got three or four members of the Senate who are going to be running for president in 2024. Once that all sorts itself out as the Republican Leader of the Senate obviously I’ll be supporting the Republican nominee for president in 2024.”

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