Donald Trump blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and vowed to back primary opponents who support a MAGA agenda. Former president called McConnell “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,” accusing him for GOP electoral losses. He also stated that he will “where necessary and appropriate,” support candidates that “espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First”.
. The attack was a response for McConnell’s statements on Trump being “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the January 6. protests.
“McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse”, Trump wrote in his statement.
Trump blamed McConnell for not agreeing to a bigger stimulus check for the public, which in Trump’s opinion, cost him and the GOP the 2020 election.
“In 2020, I received the most votes of any sitting President in history, almost 75,000,000. Every incumbent House Republican won for the first time in decades, and we flipped 15 seats, almost costing Nancy Pelosi her job. Republicans won majorities in at least 59 of the 98 partisan legislative chambers, and the Democrats failed to flip a single legislative chamber from red to blue”, the former president continued.
And in “Mitch’s Senate,” over the last two election cycles, I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone—and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both U.S. Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600. How does that work?
Trump called McConnell one of the most unpopular politicians in the US, and blamed him for the “complete election disaster” in Georgia.
“McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will”, Trump stated.
The attack also included a jab at McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was also Trump’s secretary of the Department of Transportation. Trump mentioned her business ties with China.
Trump’s attack will likely cause a serious headache to the GOP establishment, seeing how the former president is still very popular among the Republican base. The same cannot be stated for the Senate Minority Leader, who is seen mostly unfavorably by his base.
In fact, GOP insiders could not think of any response other than complaining on how the press is treating them. Josh Holmes, McConnell’s former chief of staff, said “The most amusing part of this Trump letter is all the journos who told us Trump’s words were dangerous and should be deplatformed are now wallpapering Twitter with them as soon as he attacks Republicans.”
Senator Linsey Graham, on the other hand, urged Trump and McConnell to work together again.
“I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own”, Graham stated, adding that Trump will be indispensable for future GOP electoral voctories.
“I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican party. We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don’t get that, you’re just not looking.”