Thursday, 17 June, 2021


'A dour political hack': Trump levels stinging criticism at Mitch McConnell

U.S. President Trump departs Washington on travel to Texas at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Video Trump Warns'People Are Furious Over Election Results in First Interview Since Capitol Riot REUTERS Carlos Barria
Bennie Garza | 19 February, 2021, 03:52

The recently acquitted former President has been almost completely invisible since leaving the White House nearly one month ago, but he emerged for a string of interviews on Wednesday to pay tribute to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died at the age of 70.

Former president Donald Trump has told aides that he believes that going to war with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell win him positive TV coverage, despite being warned of the political cost, The Washington Post reported.

McConnell did not vote to convict Trump of inciting the insurrection in the impeachment trial that followed.

In recent weeks tensions between Trump and McConnell have escalated, ramping up dramatically on Tuesday when Trump called McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack."

The Post, which cited sources close to the former president, said Trump "has told people that taking on McConnell will be popular with his supporters and will drive favorable TV coverage".

Although McConnell ultimately voted to acquit Trump during the Senate trial, he said Trump could face legal repercussions for his actions.

Trump had attacked McConnell on Tuesday in retaliation to the GOP leader's public condemnation of the ex-president's incitement of the violent siege of the Capitol in January. Jeff Flake, a former Republican senator from Arizona, has said the party should move on from Trump.

Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the November 3 presidential election, with Trump irked that McConnell had recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the victor. Kinzinger launched a political action committee in January to support anti-Trump Republicans and to purge Trumpism from the party.

"The country is moving past the Trump Presidency, and the GOP will remain in the wilderness until it does too", the op-ed said. "The Republicans are soft, they only hit their own, like Mitch", he said.

Even if Trump does not run in 2024, he could serve as a kingmaker during the Republican presidential primaries.

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.

Asked whether he missed being president, Mr Trump replied: "I do".

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