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Trump’s Republican Party is a Divisive Party

Trump’s Republican Party is a Divisive Party

Rick Scott launches long-shot bid to unseat Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP leader

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, has gained a reputation as a moderate on policy but that’s about to end. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a divisive figure and one-term senator Scott is just trying to hold onto his job.

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For months, Scott has worked to bring the right-wing Trump back to a debate with the party’s left flank. Even when Trump and the party leaders from his own party have been forced to tone down their talk of immigration and free trade, Scott has defended the candidate, saying he was just attacking Democrats.

“He’s been attacked in his own party,” he said, “but he’s the most presidential candidate we’ve ever seen.”

Now Scott is up against his biggest challenge yet: trying to unseat the outgoing Senate majority leader.

Trump’s campaign has made McConnell toxic in the Republican Party. The president’s campaign even said last week that McConnell is “a danger to the Republican Party” if he serves out his term. And McConnell has repeatedly called Trump’s comments on immigration “divisive and reckless.”

When Trump was a candidate for president, McConnell was his biggest benefactor and top Republican ally. He even worked to prevent an attempted coup in July that would have toppled Trump’s candidacy. Now, as McConnell is trying to negotiate a path to a potential presidential run in 2020, Trump is trying to bring his campaign to the Senate.

“I’m a conservative, but I’m not a Republican and I’m not a moderate,” Scott said. “If the party is going to move on, it’s going to have to move in a more conservative direction. We just didn’t

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