Trump slams McConnell as GOP divide deepens post-impeachment

Lawrence Kim
February 17, 2021

After joining 42 of his GOP colleagues in voting to acquit Trump-who was impeached by the House of Representatives on January 13 for inciting the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol-McConnell said on the Senate floor Saturday that "there is no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the event of that day".

"We did not send him there to vote his conscience, we did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing".

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".

"President Trump has done more for the American people in four years, than you, the Rhinos and the Democrats have done in years!" "Donald Trump? Was it a fair election or was it rigged?"

The host of the show, Dan Fagan, fired back: "You've got to be kidding me". There was going to have to be Republicans being the ones who take him on.

CNN reported last month that Trump is focusing his political energy on Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, who voted for his impeachment last month.

"My only regret is that McConnell "begged" for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him", Mr Trump said.

"In my view, impeachment trials are not chiefly about one man".

Ex-president Donald Trump blasted the top Republican in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, as "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" after McConnell blamed Trump for the January 6 assault on Congress. He released a video on February 4 that took direct aim at the Nebraska GOP State Central Committee after reports surfaced that state party officials were considering censuring him, a formal and public measure of disapproval.

The Illinois congressman cited most Republicans' seeming unwillingness to hold Trump accountable for his role in encouraging violence on January 6, as well as the party's support of lawmakers such as Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has drawn criticism for past social media posts in which she's suggested support for killing Democratic politicians, unfounded QAnon theories and racist views.

Sasse, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was also asked about domestic extremism.

"It's of course Congress's decision to form this commission, but it's certainly one the president would support", Psaki said.

Trump's lawyer, on the other hand, was accused of instigating Trump's supporters by talking of unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud. Biden remained above the fray during the impeachment proceedings, saying he was not tuning in to the daily developments and instead focusing on the US's pandemic response and economic recovery. "I think that if you're reporting on it, her fingerprints are all over". "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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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