Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday tamped down notions that Biden will be removed from office in the next two years despite calls from some Republicans, including some in his own conference, for Biden to resign or be impeached over the way his administration conducted the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Asked during an event in Kentucky whether Biden’s conduct has been impeachable, McConnell replied that Biden is “not going to be removed from office” as long as Democrats control Congress, adding, “There isn’t going to be an impeachment.”
The comment comes after two senators, Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called for Biden to resign last week, while Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), a member of Senate GOP leadership, suggested the cabinet oust him.
Dozens of House Republicans, including some in leadership, have also called for Biden’s ouster, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introducing three long-shot articles of impeachment against Biden last week.
McConnell didn’t rule out the possibility of impeaching Biden if Republicans take control of Congress in the 2022 election, pointing to Biden’s sinking approval ratings to suggest voters have “buyer’s remorse” and will elevate Republicans to power.
McConnell’s reality check for Republicans puts him somewhat in alignment with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who sidestepped a question about calls for Biden’s removal on Tuesday, telling reporters he should face unspecified “accountability.”
“Impeach Biden. Impeach Kamala Harris. And throw in the secretary of state,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said during a press conference on Tuesday, vowing to primary Republicans “who have any doubt” about impeachment. “No amount of your precious money will be able to save you from the uprising of the American people who demand we do something now.”
42%. That’s the share of respondents in a Pew Research Center poll of 10,348 U.S. adults released Tuesday who said Biden did a “poor” job of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, with 29% saying he did an “only fair” job and 27% saying he did “good” or “excellent.”
McConnell also sought to tamp down voters’ concerns that the 2022 election results will be unreliable. “There’s always going to be some election fraud, I don’t think there was enough to change the outcome of the election,” he said of the 2020 election results, which former President Donald Trump has baselessly claimed were stolen through widespread fraud, adding that American elections are “by and large, well done.”