Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 17, 2021

Donald Trump has urged Republican senators to dump Mitch McConnell as their leader in the Senate following his withering criticism of the former United States president after his impeachment trial.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement.

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First".

In a statement, Jason Miller, a senior Trump adviser, accused Democrats of attempting "to score political points by continuing their witch hunt against President Trump".

Rudy Giuliani is no longer "currently" representing former President Trump in legal matters, per CNN.

The deeply personal attack follows McConnell's speech over over the weekend saying that Trump was responsible for the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6.

"This is a big moment for our country", Trump wrote, "and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future".

Trump's lashing out follows his impeachment by a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives last month for his role inciting the January 6 violent riot at the US Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

But Trump blamed the wily veteran lawmaker, who for four years as majority leader kept the Senate aligned with the Republican president, for losing party control of the body. "And, if the party is to censure me because they felt that I needed to support the party, they can make that statement, but I will make the statement again that my obligation is to support the Constitution that I have pledged to uphold, and I will do that, even if it means I have to oppose the direction of my state party". "I don't want to eat our own". "If we're going to move on from Donald Trump, it was going to be messy".

"If you look at polling in the short-term, it surely appears that way", Sasse responded.

Capito's comments on "MetroNews Talkline" came three days after the Senate acquitted the former president for inciting the riot.

The Kentucky Republican also released a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday doubling down on his rhetoric against Trump, saying he "bears moral responsibility" for the insurrection. "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".

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.

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR's Morning Edition on Tuesday, Sasse said the Republican Party is in a battle between what he calls "conservatism and short-term-ism". "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president".

Capito was among 43 Republicans who voted to find Trump not guilty.

Graham has been one of Trump's most ardent defenders throughout his presidency and beyond, and after listing what he perceives to be Trump's accomplishments in office, he reminded Trump how important McConnell was to his presidency, from pushing through tax cuts to rushing Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation through the Senate. McCarthy and Trump discussed the midterm elections in 2022, according to a readout provided by his Save America PAC.

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