Trump calls McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack' in lengthy statement

Marco Green
February 17, 2021

In another line of personal attack, Mr Trump took aim at Mr McConnell's wife, Taiwan-born Chinese-American Elaine Chow, who was transportation secretary in Mr Trump's cabinet but resigned in protest after the 6 January Capitol assault.

"McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family's substantial Chinese business holdings", Trump wrote.

The former president's statement promises to further fuel an intraparty struggle.

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

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!" he added.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime Trump loyalist, told Fox News on Tuesday that while the two men together "did a hell of a job, they're now at each other's throat. I don't want to eat our own". "We don't have a snowball's chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump".

But he used the blast against Mr McConnell to assert his continuing claim to leadership of the Republican party. "If you don't get that, you're just not looking".

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.

But at the conclusion of the trial, Mr McConnell penned a scathing op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he excoriated Mr Trump's behaviour during and after the riots as "unconscionable" and suggested the former president could still be criminally liable for his actions. "Donald Trump? Was it a fair election or was it rigged?" "His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone".

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In his most extensive comments yet on politics since stepping down from power on January 20, Trump also claimed credit for some Republican gains in the November 3 election and threatened to use his influence against party candidates who don't align with him.

In a very lengthy statement issued by Trump's team, the former president aired a long list of grievances centred around his failed effort to overturn the vote count in state's like Georgia, and accused McConnell of "destroying the Republican side of the Senate" for not joining the effort.

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.

Trump's push comes as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, is working to shore up his relationship with the ex-President, including meeting with Trump at his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, in January.

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