Trump Asks US Republicans To Dump "Sullen" Senate Leader Mitch McConnell

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 17, 2021

Despite the potshot at McConnell's family and the insulting characterization of his personality, Trump wanted to lob harsher personal attacks at McConnell, according to a source familiar with Trump's desires. The former President and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, are being accused of conspiring with the far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to incite the insurrection in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court by the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, in his personal capacity. He also said McConnell "begged" for his endorsement in the senator's home state of Kentucky while running for reelection past year _ and suggested he'd work to defeat McConnell and his Republican allies, saying he planned to "back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great".

Some, like the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump during the second impeachment trial, have sought to distance the party from the former president.

"This is a big moment for our country, and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future!" "If we're going to move on from Donald Trump, it was going to be messy". I'm more anxious about 2022 than I've ever been.

Trump's attack was also racially-loaded as he alluded to McConnell's wife Elaine Chao's alleged family's links to China as a reason for the GOP leader doing "nothing" on Beijing's "tremendous economic and military threat". "If you don't get that, you're just not looking".

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - McConnell let loose, excoriating Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the USA legislature ransacked by his supporters.

McConnell used his strongest language to date to excoriate Trump minutes after the Senate acquitted the former president, saying he was "morally responsible" for the violent siege.

McConnell said he voted to acquit Trump because the Senate has no jurisdiction over an ex-president _ even though he had rejected a push from Democrats to start the trial when Trump was still in office. "Donald Trump? Was it a fair election or was it rigged?"

"In a Wall Street Journal column on Monday (local time), he repeated his claim, writing: "[Trump's] supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone". "His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended".

While the former reality TV star Donald Trump has faced enormous criticism, several allegations and two impeachment trials, turns out he is still the number one choice for the United States election 2024.

McConnell had remained loyal to Trump during almost all of his four years in office, when the pair were the two most powerful members of the Republican Party.

In his statement Tuesday, Trump went on to pledge he will continue to be involved in Republican politics.

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