Former President Donald Trump with Mitch McConnell. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid / File Photo
Donald Trump harshly criticized Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, and questioned his role in the party after the lawmaker said the former US president was “practically and morally responsible” for the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol.
“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Senator Mitch McConnell at the helm,” Trump said in a scathing statement, calling on party members to withdraw their support for McConnell. , because their leadership means that “they will not win again.”RELATED
In addition, he pointed out that “his lack of political vision, intelligence, skills and personality” are responsible for the setbacks of the Republicans in the Upper House, so that in due time he will support candidates in the party’s primaries who defend the slogan of “Make America Great Again” and “America First.” That is, those who consider that they are not aligned with him.
The next interns of the Republican Party are scheduled for the month of November 2022.
FILE PHOTO-US President Donald Trump speaks on the coronavirus relief legislation, as US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. July 20, 2020. REUTERS / Leah Millis
In what was his most extensive comment on the political scene since leaving the White House on January 20, Trump took credit for the party’s electoral achievements in the last elections – the Republicans won seats in the House of Representatives – and the merit McConnell seized another six-year term representing Kentucky, where the 78-year-old has served since 1984, and wielded great power as a majority leader for the past six years.
“My only regret is that McConnell ‘begged’ my strong support and endorsement from the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him,” Trump said. “Without my backing, McConnell would have lost and lost badly,” he added.
Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the November 3 presidential election, especially as McConnell recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the winner despite his unfounded allegations of fraud.
The gap between them grew when McConnell declared in the Senate floor on Saturday that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the deadly assault on Congress on January 6, even after he voted for his acquittal.
The Republican Minority Leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell. REUTERS / Al Drago
The two are trying to push the party in opposite directions. Despite having ended his term with a second impeachment against him, Donald Trump’s popularity among Republican bases does not appear to have diminished. According to several polls published this week, the tycoon continues to have majority support among supporters of the now opposition, and with a very wide margin over other possible presidential candidates in the 2024 elections.
The stark division facing the Republican Party over how to deal with the controversial former president was exposed during the impeachment trial that ended last weekend, after 10 members of the House of Representatives and 7 senators voted in favor. to condemn him.
After the January 6 riots, when a group of supporters of the former president tried to block the certification of the election results leaving a balance of 5 dead, the leader of the Republican caucus condemned the attempts of his colleagues to block the victory of Joe Biden , ensuring that “denying it would plunge democracy into a mortal spiral.”
Mike Pence at the inauguration of Joe Biden as US President. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
“The voters, the courts, the states, they have all spoken. If we disavow them, that would damage the republic forever. This election was not unusually close, ”McConnell said during a special session of Congress. In this way, McConnell stood next to Vice President Mike Pence on the antipodes of President Donald Trump, who urged them to reject the results certified by the electoral college and proclaim him the winner.
With information from AFP, Reuters
After his second impeachment acquittal, the majority of Republicans want Donald Trump to remain the party leader