Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 18, 2021

Mr McConnell voted to acquit Mr Trump on the basis, he argued, that the impeachment of a former president was unconstitutional.

"I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats", Mr Trump claimed, "and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both US Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600".

Former U.S. president Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, signaling a growing feud between the two most important voices in the Republican Party.

Trump notably took aim at former political ally McConnell, claiming in a Tuesday statement that the Senate minority leader's "dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality", is the reason why Republicans lost the majority in the Senate. "Mitch McConnell at its helm".

A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately return requests for comment.

"I'm sorry what happened on January 6", Graham said even though he voted against convicting Trump for inciting the insurrection.

The gap between them widened when McConnell declared on the Senate floor on Saturday that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the deadly January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president".

Alongside the clear political divide in the United States, there also exists a fracture within the Republican Party, with many pro-Trump members of the GOP clashing with other conservatives.

In fact, according to several media accounts, Trump's 622-word diatribe initially included a dig at McConnell having "too many chins and not enough smarts" - before aides persuaded him to drop it. Cartoons and memes that followed the report highlighted Trump's own multiple chins.

He also said McConnell "begged" for his endorsement in the senator's home state of Kentucky while running for re-election past year - and suggested he would work to defeat McConnell and his Republican allies, saying he planned to "back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great".

"Rush thought we won", the former USA president said before claiming that he had held victory in the election.

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