McConnell: Trump's 'Not Going to Change the Republican Party'

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: May 31, 2016 8:30 AM
McConnell: Trump's 'Not Going to Change the Republican Party'

Speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reassured listeners that Donald Trump will not change the nature of the Republican Party.

Many have said that the rise of Trump indicates the GOP has an identity crisis, some even going so far as to argue that the party will never be the same, and has even died.

Whether or not Trump has embraced the Republican Party’s limited government theory remains to be seen, but ultimately, “he’s not going to change the Republican Party,” McConnell told Hewitt. “Think of Eisenhower, for example. But Trump is not going to change the institution. He’s not going to change the basic philosophy of the party.”

McConnell said the reason he’s comfortable supporting Trump is because on the issues that will have the greatest impact on the future of the country—like nominating judges to the Supreme Court—“I think he’ll be just fine,” he said.