“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”
Trump asserted that the Kentucky Republican’s shortcomings had contributed to the party’s loss of the Senate majority, saying that “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.”
“He is destroying the Republican side of the Senate, and in so doing, seriously hurting our Country,” Trump continued, concluding, “This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate ‘leaders’ to dictate our future!”
The clash between the current and former GOP leaders comes as the Republican Party at large grapples with warring factions at odds over whether to continue in Trump’s likeness or forge a path veering from the former President’s legacy.
CNN reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
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.
Trump’s statement Tuesday adds McConnell to the list of Republicans whom the former President is targeting after they opposed him.
This story has been updated with additional reporting.
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