After a national NBC News poll indicated Americans listed it as the top issue confronting the country, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said Monday that he isn’t concerned about threats to American democracy.
The party’s wing led by former President Donald Trump has consistently asserted that voting fraud is widespread and that the 2020 election was rigged. The Republican Senate leader also stated that there is very little election fraud but that it does occur periodically.
At the Scott County Chamber of Commerce in Georgetown, Kentucky, McConnell was questioned on the findings of the most recent national survey conducted by NBC News, which revealed that the majority of Americans favor different investigations into potential malfeasance by Trump. After the FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on August 8, a poll was conducted.
When asked why Americans prioritize dangers to democracy over other concerns, such as the expense of living, McConnell responded to reporters, “It is, in my opinion, a crucial issue. It was not good that some were attempting to block the first peaceful transition of power in American history following the 2020 presidential election.
The top Senate Republican, however, argues that there is no immediate threat to American democracy, noting failed attempts to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power between the election on November 3 and the inauguration on January 20, 2021.”
“That must have had some effect on the poll, I suppose. But look, McConnell added, I think our democracy is quite strong. I don’t consider the things we should be concerned about, so I wouldn’t be concerned about that one.
The remarks follow poll findings on Monday that showed 57% of registered voters thought investigations into any wrongdoing by Trump should go forward, while 40% said they should be stopped.
The survey was carried out between August 12 and 16, just after the FBI found top-secret materials “at Trump’s house in Florida. Trump and his friends swiftly denounced the search as politically motivated and accused the Justice Department of being weaponized.