Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

  • Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

It said Trump was warned that the dispute could harm him, but seemed not to mind.

In recent weeks tensions between Trump and McConnell have escalated, ramping up dramatically on Tuesday when Trump called McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack".

The two are trying to push the party in opposite directions, McConnell back toward the roots of a budget-focused, pro-trade party, while Trump, who is still backed by a large portion of the Republican voter base, advocates a more populist approach.

Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's political acumen while continuing to publicly show fealty to Donald Trump during a Tuesday night interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Chao, who was born in Taiwan to a wealthy shipping family, served as the transportation secretary in the Trump cabinet, till she resigned after the January 6 mob attack.

The uncivil war in the GOP also claimed maverick attorney Rudy Giuliani after the former President's office said on Tuesday that he no longer represents Trump in legal cases.

"There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day", McConnell said on Saturday, after Trump, the only president to be impeached twice, was acquitted on a 57-43 vote.

McConnell has repeatedly rebuked Trump's incitement of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, though he voted to acquit the former President of the charge.

It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office
It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office Credit AFP

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return requests for comment.

"He didn't get away with anything yet", McConnell said.

Despite escaping conviction, seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Mr Trump, making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote ever.

While telling associates he knew he would have to oppose Mr Trump in some primaries next year, he had hoped to unify his caucus by turning attention to Mr Biden.

"My only regret is that McConnell "begged" for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him", Mr Trump said.

Of the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, the statement added: "Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again".

"McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill and personality, have rapidly driven him from majority leader to minority leader, and it will only get worse".