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Mitch McConnell is set to step down as Senate Republican leader as MAGA movement closes in

Mitch McConnell who just turned 82 is set to step down as longtime Republican Senate leader. McConnell’s partial exit comes at a time when the last remnants of the GOP party are dying amid an extremist takeover.

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“One of life’s most underappreciated talents is to know when it’s time to move on to life’s next chapter,” he said in remarks obtained by The Associated Press. “So I stand before you today … to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.”

McConnell gave no indication as to why his sudden resignation was coming, though it does come against the backdrop of lingering uncertainty within the GOP as to which direction they can actually govern. He will step down in November but finish his term through 2027.

“Believe me, I know the politics within my party at this particular moment in time. I have many faults. Misunderstanding politics is not one of them,” McConnell continued. “That said, I believe more strongly than ever that America’s global leadership is essential to preserving the shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan discussed. For as long as I am drawing breath on this earth I will defend American exceptionalism.”

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