Former President Donald Trump reignited his war against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him an “old crow” who continues to help Democrats with their agenda by giving them legislative wins.
In a statement made through his Save America PAC, Trump accused McConnell of “hurting the Republican Senators and the Republican Party,” adding that he didn’t “have the guts” to play the debt ceiling card, thereby giving “Republicans a complete victory on virtually everything. The Dems were ready to fold!”
Last week, McConnell negotiated a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to allow the Democrats to hike the debt ceiling with just a majority of votes rather than 60 in order to overcome a filibuster, thereby allowing Republicans to say that none of them voted for a debt ceiling increase.
Trump then warned that the Democrats would never reciprocate, and that “they will use the Debt Ceiling against us at their first opportunity, and they won’t fold.”
“GET RID OF MITCH!” the statement ended.
Trump ripped Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in unscripted comments during a GOP donor speech at his Mar-a-Lago home in April as he predicted that Republicans would regain control of Congress during next year’s midterm elections.
“We are gathered tonight to talk about the future of the Republican Party—and what we must do to set our candidates on a course to victory,” Trump said at the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) donor summit.
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate—and then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” he continued, notably avoiding naming himself as that potential GOP nominee.
But while the ex-president had praise for the GOP overall and predicted the party would make commanding gains in 2022, he blasted McConnell and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—-, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen,” Trump reportedly said, in reference to certifying the 2020 election for his Democratic opponent.
McConnell, whose wife, Elaine Chao, served as Trump’s transportation secretary, returned fire in September, calling the 45th president a “fading brand” within the GOP.
“…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.