Later asked to elaborate, the Kentucky Republican said, “Well, senate races are statewide. They’re just different in nature from individual congressional districts. Twenty of my members and only 14 of the Democrats, so that’s in their favor. A lot of these states are purple states and can go either way. I think it’s just going to be a really close race.”
November’s midterm elections — contests where control of every chamber is at stake — are less than 80 days away. Republicans are currently outnumbered in both chambers.
House Democrats are widely regarded as having an uphill battle to maintain control of the House, but there is more uncertainty surrounding the Senate battle.
“Senate races are just different. They’re all over the state,” he said at the time. “Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
The former president and McConnell have long been at odds, with McConnell previously calling out Trump for his role in instigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
McConnell said at the event Monday that the US has “a very solid democracy” as he reflected on the process of an orderly transfer of power in the country and hinted at efforts to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“I think it’s an important issue. I mean, we’ve seen that between November 3 and January 20, one government was changed by another, there were people trying to prevent the orderly transfer of power for the first time in American history. That was not good. It was thwarted,” he said in response to a question.
However, McConnell said, “Look, I think we have a very solid democracy” and “our democracy is solid.”
This story has been updated with additional information.