Trump, in Scorching Attack on McConnell, Urges G.O.P. to Replace Him
Former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday launched a scandalous and protracted attack on Republican minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, calling him “dork, sullen, and political hacking”, arguing that the party would be harmed in the future. Remained in charge
“If the Republican senators are going to stay with him, they won’t win again,” Mr. Trump said.
The 600-word statement, which came three days after the Senate was acquitted in its second impeachment trial, fully trained on Mr. McConnell and sought to portray Mr. Trump as the best leader of the GOP moving forward. The statement did not contain any indication of any kind of controversy on behalf of Mr. Trump towards the crowd of his supporters, who then attacked the capital. 6. Nor did it include any acknowledgment of his role during violent hours in which his own vice president and members of Congress Were in danger From the crowd of Trump supporters.
Rather, Mr. Trump chose to focus on Mr. McConnell as he broke an unusually lengthy silence by his standards, after having Is permanently barred from his former favorite medium – Twitter – Last month due to tweets that he posted during the capital riots.
Soon after the Republican senators joined a majority on Saturday in a vote to acquit Mr. Trump on charges of “inciting rebellion”. Mr. McConnell thanked Mr. Trump, Pleaded guilty to deadly riots on his feet and suggested that further investigations by the former president could play out in the judicial system.
Those comments were widely interpreted within the Republican Party as an attempt to tame Mr. Trump’s brand of politics, and to appeal to donors that something against certifying President Biden’s victory They are rejecting the party after the senators voted.
Mr. McConnell wrote Wall Street Journal op-ed article And gave an interview to the paper’s news section, suggesting he join the primaries by 2022 as part of an effort to gain a majority. Representatives for Mr. McConnell did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
A person close to the former president said that the initial version of his statement was more casual than it had been released publicly. Another person said that the statement was released instead of a news conference that Mr. Trump had initially planned to give on Tuesday, fearing that he might go off track and even do harsh things Say.
In the statement, Mr. Trump resorted to insults about Mr. McConnell’s acumen and political capabilities, and blamed him for the loss of the Senate majority of Republicans.
“Trump said,” The Republican Party can never be respected or strengthened with political leaders such as Sen. Mitch McConnell. “” With McConnell’s dedication to business in general, lack of status quo, political insight, knowledge, skills and personality, he has made a rapid move from majority leader to minority leader, and it will only get worse. “
Mr. Trump gave some new taunts: “Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a bella – they’ve never had it so good – and they want to keep it that way!” They said. “We know our America First Agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First Agenda or Biden America Last.”
While Mr. McConnell blamed the former president for the party’s loss in the Senate race in Georgia last month, Mr. Trump said it was because Republican voters were angry that party officials addressed his baseless claims of widespread voter turnout Did not do more to cheat.
Mr. Trump claims credit for Mr. McConnell Win in his senate race last year, And took a swipe at Mr. McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who worked for the Trump administration as Secretary of Transportation.
Mr. Trump said, “McConnell has no credibility over China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings.” “He does nothing on this tremendous economic and military threat.”
Mr. Trump said, “He will never do what is necessary for our country, or that is right for our country,” adding that “where necessary and appropriate, I will bring back the primary rivals that make America great again And making our America policy first. “
The longest statement was issued by Mr. Trump after he stepped down on January 20.
Former presidents also kept in mind who they are targeting Different the inspection, Said those close to him, and advised against appearing against prosecution people or those who could sue him in civil courts. Still, Mr. Trump’s ability to remain silent through situations that make him angry only last so long.
Mr. Trump’s advisers are discussing about a dozen candidates in the primaries against Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment, a move that would only deepen Mr. Trump’s friction with California Representative Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader . Not all of Trump’s allies think that this is a wise course of action.