(TheRedWire.com) – On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) declined to state whether he accepted the legitimacy of the verdict by a New York jury that found former President Donald Trump liable of sexual abuse and defamation against E. Jean Carroll and ordered him to pay $5 million in damages.
The New York nine-person jury included six men and three women and following their decision on Trump’s case has received varied reactions from Republican senators.
McConnell stated that presidential politics would be decided during the primary. When he was specifically asked about whether he thought the jury’s verdict was legitimate and that Trump was liable, McConnell evaded the question by arguing that it would be up to the voters to decide what the meaning of the verdict is.
He added that he did not have any particular observations and that the American public would get to decide whom they wanted to see as the nominee of each party.
When asked about whether or not he believed the jury’s verdict might make it tougher for Trump to win a presidential general election if he does because of the 2024 GOP nominee, or if the verdict might have an effect on the Senate GOP candidates, McConnell stated that the presidential race had started early, but that it was clear that Republican primary voters are going to vote for someone to be the GOP nominee next year. He added that he does not have any advice to give voters.
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