Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Republican senators to sack Mitch McConnell as their Senate leader after withering the former US president after his impeachment trial.
“The Republican Party can never be respected or strong again with political” leaders “like Senator Mitch McConnell at the top,” Trump said in a statement.
“Mitch is a grumpy, grumpy, not smiling political hacker, and if Republican senators stay with him, they won’t win again.”
The attack came after McConnell said Saturday that although the former president acquitted Trump in his impeachment process, he was nonetheless “practically and morally responsible” for the January 6 storming of the US Capitol.
In his longest comment on politics to date since leaving the White House on Jan. 20, Trump blamed McConnell for the Republicans’ loss of control of the Senate while distinguishing himself for the party’s achievements in the House of Representatives.
He also paid tribute to McConnell winning another six-year tenure as Kentucky representative in the Senate, where the 78-year-old has served since 1984, and has exercised strong power as a majority leader for the past six years.
“My only regret is that McConnell asked for my strong support and support in front of the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him,” Trump said.
“Without my approval, McConnell would have lost and badly lost.”
Trump threatened to use his continued popularity in the Republican base to back Republican candidates – the next national elections will be in November 2022 – who support his agenda.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will support major competitors who are working to make America great again and our America policies first.”
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