Leaders from six influential conservative groups have called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down. The conservative groups accused McConnell of squandering a GOP majority in the Senate during the first nine months of the Trump administration.
On Oct. 11, a collection of conservative activists submitted a joint letter calling for McConnell and other Senate Republican leaders to step down. The letter was signed by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, For America President David Bozell, and ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard Viguerie, The Washington Post reports.
The conservative groups asserted that the Senate Republicans had not made any legislative achievements in 2017 and had not taken advantage of their majority following the 2016 election.
"You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of immigration," the letter stated, according to Fox News. "You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government ... You promised to repeal Obamacare, 'root and branch.' You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing."
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center asserted in a separate statement that the groups would campaign against Republican incumbents in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections if McConnell was not removed from leadership.
"If Mitch McConnell does not step down, we foresee a scorched earth disaster from a furious Republican base that will take it out on elected officials in 2018 and again in 2020," Bozell said. "It will begin simply by staying home -- and rightfully so."
"[McConnell] has demonstrated that he either does not understand the frustration coming from conservatives and the urgency of passing key legislation -- or he does not care," Brandon of FreedomWorks said in a statement, according to USA Today. "It's time for new leadership."
All six conservative groups have been critical of McConnell in the past and are largely aligned with the Tea Party movement. McConnell currently enjoys solid support within his caucus and it is considered unlikely that Senate Republicans will pressure him to resign in the foreseeable future.
McConnell is also facing opposition from former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. On Oct. 9, Bannon stated during an interview that he planned to win over McConnell's donor base to help fund GOP primary challengers.
"Their donors are coming to us because they are tired of having their money burned up ... We're gonna cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell," Bannon told Fox News. "His biggest asset is the money. We're going to make it the biggest liability."