Former US President Donald Trump urged Republican senators Tuesday to dump Mitch McConnell as their chief within the Senate following his withering criticism of the previous US president after his impeachment trial.
“The Republican Occasion can by no means once more be revered or sturdy with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump stated in a press release.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stick with him, they won’t win once more.”
The assault got here after McConnell stated on Saturday that regardless that he had voted to acquit Trump at his impeachment trial, the previous president was nonetheless “virtually and morally accountable” for the January 6 storming of the US Capitol.
In his lengthiest remark but on politics since exiting the White Home on January 20, Trump blamed McConnell for the Republicans’ lack of management of the Senate, whereas taking credit score for himself for the celebration’s beneficial properties within the Home of Representatives.
He additionally took credit score for McConnell successful one other six-year time period representing Kentucky within the Senate, the place the 78-year-old has served since 1984, and wielded hefty energy as majority chief over the previous six years.
“My solely remorse is that McConnell ‘begged’ for my sturdy assist and endorsement earlier than the nice folks of Kentucky within the 2020 election, and I gave it to him,” Trump stated.
“With out my endorsement, McConnell would have misplaced, and misplaced badly.”
Trump threatened to make use of his persevering with recognition among the many Republican base to assist any Republican candidates — the following nationwide election is in November 2022 — who assist his agenda.
“The place obligatory and acceptable, I’ll again main rivals who espouse Making America Nice Once more and our coverage of America First.
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