Donald Trump BLASTS top Republican in ferocious attack- ‘Hasn’t got what it takes’ | World | NewsFebruary 17, 2021
The former US President claimed the Republican Senate leader is a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack”, and said the party “will not win again” if he remains in power. Mr McConnell has been highly critical of Mr Trump in recent weeks, blaming the former President for the January 6 US Capitol riots despite supporting him during his time in office.
In the statement, Mr Trump attacked Mr McConnell and claimed “the Republican Party can never again be respected or strong” while he leads the party in the Senate.
He added: “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.
“The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way!
“We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.”
Mr Trump then touted his success as President, claiming he “single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone.”
He then blasted the Republican Senate leader for losing two seats in the Georgia election last month, which gave control of the body to the Democrats, calling it a “complete disaster”.
The former President added: “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.”
The former President also claimed he helped Mr McConnell win re-election for his Kentucky Senate seat during last year’s election, which he now “regrets”.
He concluded: “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. 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.
“This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate “leaders” to dictate our future!”
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It comes after the Republican Senate Leader blamed Mr Trump for the January 6 riots, saying he incited the mob to storm the Capitol.
After the former President’s impeachment trial last weekend, Mr McConnell lashed out at Mr Trump and claimed he was “morally responsible” for the riot.
He added it was “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty”, and noted Mr Trump is still subject to criminal investigations now he is out of office.
However, Mr McConnell voted the President was “not guilty’ for inciting the riot just moments earlier, claiming a former President could not face trial in the Senate.
Mr Trump was acquitted of “incitement of insurrection” after the Senate voted 57-43 to convict him, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed.
After critics accused Mr McConnell of hypocrisy over his “not guilty” vote and criticism of Mr Trump, the Senate leader hit back in an article for the Wall Street Journal.
He said there is “no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility”, but he claimed the constitution “limits impeachment and conviction to current officers”.
Mr McConnell also said he respects the seven Republicans who voted to convict Mr Trump, and said: “I respect senators who reached the opposite answer.
“What deserve no respect are claims that constitutional concerns are trivialities that courageous senators would have ignored.”