(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale responded to claims made in a new book that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the then-president as a “fading brand” within the GOP, suggesting the party was moving on from him.
“…McConnell believes the Republican Party is moving away from Trumpism and views the former president as a weight on his chances of reclaiming the majority next year,” Kentucky.com reported. “That’s according to ‘Peril,’ the new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran reporter Robert Costa.”
“There is a clear trend moving” the party away from Trump, McConnell said, according to the book’s authors, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works,” he reportedly added.
“The only place I can see Trump and me actually at loggerheads would be if he gets behind some clown who clearly can’t win,” McConnell is also quoted as saying in Peril, regarding Trump’s endorsement of candidates ahead of the 2022 and 2024 elections.
“To have a chance of getting the Senate back, you have to have the most electable candidates possible,” said McConnell, the authors claim.
The comments drew the ire of Parscale, who issued a warning to McConnell of sorts.
“Trump is fading vs McConnell’s Republican party? McConnell might want to get out of Washington soon. Kentucky would choose Trump over McConnell in a heartbeat. #swamp,” Parscale tweeted, referencing the Washington, D.C. political “swamp” Trump often vowed to “drain” when he ran for president in 2016.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 23, 2021
“Newsweek added that McConnell’s comments were allegedly made earlier this year, but recent polling shows that Trump retains a commanding presence within the GOP and in fact, a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, one of the most accurate polling firms spanning at least the past two presidential election cycles, has Trump trouncing President Joe Biden in a rematch,” Conservative Brief noted.
In May, the Senate’s GOP leader also appeared to say that the party was shifting away from Trump.
“We’re looking to the future, not the past, and if you want to see the future of the Republican party, watch Tim Scott’s response to President Biden last night,” the Kentucky Republican said after Biden’s State of the Union Address.
Trump has also responded to McConnell, whom he endorsed last year.
“I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics — now I don’t have to be quiet anymore,” said the former president in August.