Mitch McConnell hits out at Trump’s midterm picks and ‘candidate quality’ in GOP flop

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Mitch McConnell has hit out at Donald Trump and claimed that “candidate quality” led to the GOP’s poor performance in November’s midterm elections.The Senate minority leader blamed the former president’s endorsements in 2022 primaries for defeats in important swing states last month.Mr McConnell made the acerbic comments during his weekly press conference after being asked if he would play a more active role in identifying candidates in 2024.“We ended up having a candidate quality test,” said Mr McConnell of the failed “red wave” in 2022.“Look at Arizona. Look at New Hampshire. And the challenging situation in Georgia as well,” he said of states where high-profile Trump endorsees ended in defeat for the GOP and cost them control of the US Senate.