WASHINGTON– Former President Trump viciously castigated Sen. Mitch McConnell as a feckless leader responsible for Republicans’ loss of the top legislative chamber, he said that if Republicans maintain him as their leader, “they will not win again.”
In a blistering 626-word declaration Tuesday evening, Trump struck the minority leader’s “political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality” and also stated the Kentucky senator’s hesitation to support $2,000 COVID-19 alleviation checks set you back Republicans 2 Senate seats in Georgia, which Democrats won in early January runoff campaigns.
“His statement comes three days after the Senate voted to acquit Trump of “incitement of insurrection” at his second impeachment trial. McConnell joined most Republicans in acquitting him, but the GOP leader gave blistering remarks after the vote blaming Trump for encouraging the mob that ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 and perpetuating false claims about the 2020 election.
From the Senate floor on Saturday, McConnell said that Trump “is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” arguing that those who breached the Capitol “believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions” of him. McConnell said he voted for acquittal because of his belief that an impeachment trial of a former president is unconstitutional.
Since Trump lost the November election, his working relationship with McConnell started deteriorating, particularly after the GOP leader publicly acknowledged President Joe Biden’s victory in December.
In his statement, Trump praised House Republicans for winning more than a dozen seats in 2020 – though they still remain in the minority – while claiming sole responsibility for helping the party win a number of Senate seats in the past two election cycles. But during Trump’s time in office, Republicans lost the House in 2018 and the Senate and the presidency two years later.”Source