Trump urges Senate Republicans to dump McConnell

  • Trump urges Senate Republicans to dump McConnell

Trump urges Senate Republicans to dump McConnell

Because of that re-election, McConnell won't face the Republican voters again for another six years, so the threat from the former president will do little to cower the shrewd political veteran, who some political commentators have argued will now work to limit Trump's influence over the party.

In the most caustic sign yet of deepening GOP divisions, former President Donald Trump blistered Mitch McConnell as a "political hack" on Tuesday, days after the Senate's top Republican denounced him as the inciter of U.S. Capitol attack.

His comments come after McConnell said on Saturday that even though he had voted to acquit Trump at his impeachment trial, the former president was nevertheless "practically and morally responsible" for the January 6 storming of the US Capitol.

"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again", Trump said in the statement. "Hanging his flags. And screaming their loyalty to him", McConnell said.

McConnell had remained loyal to Trump during almost all of his four years in office, when the pair were the two most powerful members of the Republican Party. But others have remained loyal in hopes of not alienating Trump supporters during future elections.

"Without my endorsement, McConnell would have lost, and lost badly".

Trump asserted Tuesday that McConnell's shortcomings had contributed to the party's loss of the Senate majority and alluded to his baseless claims of election fraud.

Trump's push comes as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, is working to shore up his relationship with the ex-President, including meeting with Trump at his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, in January.

Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the November 3 presidential election, with Trump irked that McConnell had recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the victor.

Despite the potshot at McConnell's family and the insulting characterization of his personality, Trump wanted to lob harsher personal attacks at McConnell, according to a source familiar with Trump's desires.

While McConnell didn't vote to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial (seven Republicans did), he still delivered a disparaging speech, laying the blame for the violent mob who attacked the Capitol building in Washington DC squarely at the feet of Trump.

He threatened to use his continuing popularity among the Republican base to support any Republican candidates - the next national election is in November 2022 - who support his agenda. "You need Republicans going after him, people like Mitch McConnell willing to say it".

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First", Trump threatened.

"This is a big moment for our country", Trump wrote, "and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future".

Meanwhile Mr McConnell came under criticism from Mr Biden for his position on the new administration's $1.9 trillion USD COVID-19 economic relief bill.