Trump Rips McConnell In Lengthy Statement After Being Acquitted In Impeachment Trial
Former President Donald Trump went after Senate legislator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling machine politician ” during a broadside attack just days after the Kentucky Republican voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.
After that vote, McConnell ripped Trump during a speech from the Senate floor, and therefore the two are estranged in recent months after working closely together during the previous President’s four years in office.
“Mitch may be a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are getting to stick with him, they’re going to not win again,” Trump said within the statement. “He will never do what must be done, or what’s right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will be able to back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. we would like brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”
Trump asserted that the Kentucky Republican’s shortcomings had contributed to the party’s loss of the Senate majority, saying that “McConnell’s dedication to business, as usual, established order policies, alongside his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from legislator to legislator, and it’ll only worsen .”
Trump alluded to his baseless claims of fraud, alleging that in swing states like Georgia, “McConnell did nothing, and can never do what must be done to secure a good and just voting system into the longer term. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.”
“He is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country,” Trump continued, concluding, “This may be a big moment for our country, and that we cannot let it travel by using third rate ‘leaders’ to dictate our future!”
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The clash between the present and former GOP leaders comes because the Republican Party at large grapples with warring factions at odds over whether to continue in Trump’s likeness or forge a path veering from the previous President’s legacy.
McConnell has repeatedly rebuked Trump’s incitement of the Epiphany insurrection at the US Capitol, though he voted to acquit the previous President of the charge. In remarks on the Senate floor shortly after Trump was cleared during a 57-43 vote, McConnell suggested that the previous President might be subject to prosecution.
“There is not any question former President Trump bears moral responsibility,” McConnell wrote Monday in an op-ed within the Wall Street Journal of the riot. “His supporters stormed the Capitol due to the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking vice-chairman Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”
IT WAS reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to urge obviate the previous President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, consistent with a source with knowledge of the matter.
In the last weeks of Trump’s presidency, the connection between the then-Senate legislator and Trump — the 2 most powerful men within the Republican Party — had essentially collapsed, multiple sources told it had been.
Trump’s statement Tuesday adds McConnell to the list of Republicans whom the previous President is targeting after they opposed him.
IT WAS reported last month that Trump is focusing his political energy on Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, who voted for his impeachment last month.
Trump’s push comes as House legislator Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, is functioning to prop up his relationship with the ex-President, including meeting with Trump at his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, in January. McCarthy and Trump discussed the midterm elections in 2022, consistent with a readout provided by his Save America PAC.