Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has pledged in Facebook ads to lead Republican efforts to stop President Trump from being removed from office, reports CNN.
“Nancy Pelosi’s in the clutches of a left wing mob. They finally convinced her to impeach the president. All of you know your Constitution, the way that impeachment stops is a Senate majority with me as majority leader,” McConnell says in an ad that began running on Thursday.
“But I need your help. Please contribute before the deadline,” McConnell continues in the ad.
McConnell’s campaign began running the Facebook digital ads with the video on Sept. 27, three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally announced that House Democrats would launch an impeachment inquiry, asserting that Trump used his office for personal political gain in July when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
The Hill reports:
In one caption for an ad that has run since Sept. 30, McConnell’s team argues that a “conservative Senate Majority is the ONLY thing stopping Nancy Pelosi from impeaching President Trump. Donate & help us keep it.”
Each of the digital ads includes the same video message from McConnell. But the campaign shifted their messaging as part of a digital ad that went up on Thursday to also knock House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
During a CNBC interview earlier this week, the Senate Majority leader said that he would have “no choice” but to bring up impeachment if the House sends over articles.
“Well, under the Senate rules we’re required to take it up if the House does go down that path, and we’ll follow the Senate rules,” McConnell said during an interview with CNBC.
But McConnell and Republicans are hinting that a trial could be short lived. A GOP Senate leadership aide noted in a memo to reporters that trying to dismiss the articles of impeachment would be allowed under the Senate’s impeachment rules.
“I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell added during the CNBC interview. “How long you’re on it is a whole different matter.”