Mitch McConnell: 'I Didn't Think President Trump Had A Chance Of Winning'

He didn't expect Republicans would hold the Senate either.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected Republicans to lose on Nov. 8.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected Republicans to lose on Nov. 8.
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WASHINGTON 鈥 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was ready for Republicans to lose big on Election Day.

In an interview with KET鈥檚 Bill Goodman on Monday evening, McConnell said he never thought Donald Trump would win the presidency and he expected Republicans to lose the upper chamber.

鈥淚 honestly thought we wouldn鈥檛 hold the U.S. Senate, I thought we鈥檇 come up short,鈥 McConnell said. 鈥淎nd I didn鈥檛 think President Trump had a chance of winning.鈥

McConnell even expressed surprise that the wealthy real estate businessman was able to connect with voters and knock out 16 other Republicans running for the nomination before he defeated Hillary Clinton.

鈥淭rump was able to convey 鈥 oddly enough a message from a billionaire who lives in Manhattan 鈥 a genuine concern for people who felt kind of left off,鈥 McConnell said, 鈥渨ho felt offended by all the political correctness they see around them.鈥

McConnell advised Democrats to look at President Barack Obama as a 鈥渦nique political phenomenon鈥 whose presidency has since resulted in the election of more Republicans at all levels of government.

McConnell added that he was amazed Trump 鈥減ierced the blue wall鈥 in the Rust Belt states, which were key in Clinton鈥檚 defeat.

The stunning losses for Democrats have put them 鈥渋n a very feisty mood these days,鈥 McConnell said.

The Republican leader, who took care to stay away from Trump as much as possible throughout the election, tried to quell concerns from a vast majority of Americans about the incoming president. Trump led one of the most vitriolic and divisive campaigns in recent history.

鈥淚 know a lot of people are upset and bent out of shape about things that happened this year,鈥 McConnell said. 鈥淚 just want to remind everybody that this is an extraordinarily resilient country we live in.鈥

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