The former president played a leading role in killing the border deal and has called consistently for McConnell’s ouster. The historical record holds plenty of quotes from McConnell’s current critics asking for stronger border policy during the Trump administration. “The conference wanted border security.”The animosity McConnell now faces from Ron Johnson, Lee and others isn’t new either: They’ve questioned Senate GOP leadership’s decisions for years. “For three months it’s been nothing but border and Ukraine, border and Ukraine, border and Ukraine. ), another of the McConnell critics.