Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

Donald Trump Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell
Gustavo Carr | 18 February, 2021, 21:44

The two are trying to push the party in opposite directions, McConnell back toward the roots of a budget-focused, pro-trade party, while Trump, who is still backed by a large portion of the Republican voter base, advocates a more populist approach.

The GOP leader's associates told the Post that he doesn't plan to speak to Trump ever again after their last conversation on December 14, nor does he have interest in continuing their feud.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm", Mr Trump said.

McConnell said that only after he joined other Republicans in voting against the former president's conviction during a Senate impeachment trial that accused Trump of provoking the mob into action.

Donald Trump talks to the press as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on in January 2019.

What Mr McConnell has not done, though, is openly declare political war on Mr Trump in the fashion that the former president did to him on Tuesday.

"If you don't get that, you're just not looking", Graham argued.

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McConnell has repeatedly rebuked Trump's incitement of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, though he voted to acquit the former President of the charge.

McConnell had remained loyal to Trump during almost all of his four years in office, when the pair were the two most powerful members of the Republican Party.

"There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility", McConnell wrote Monday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal of the riot. "His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended".

While speaking with Fox News hosts Harris Faulkner and Bill Hemmer about the passing of conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, Trump answered questions about the late radio personality's take on the 2020 U.S. presidential election, once again insisting that he had "won" on November 3.

In the last weeks of Trump's presidency, the relationship between the then-Senate majority leader and Trump - the two most powerful men in the Republican Party - had essentially collapsed, multiple sources told CNN.

In the statement, he resorted to insults about Mr McConnell's acumen and political abilities, and faulted him for the Republicans' loss of their Senate majority. Politico first reported the meeting. McCarthy and Trump discussed the midterm elections in 2022, according to a readout provided by his Save America PAC.