Former President Donald Trump played nice with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for most of his four years in office.
Trump understood that as the main GOP powerbroker, you just don’t mess with McConnell no matter what you really think about him underneath.
But that’s changing now that Trump’s out of office, and 45 recently penned a harsh letter talking about his true thoughts on McConnell and what McConnell means for the future of the conservative movement.
The statement from Trump comes after McConnell blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and made it clear he’s not a fan.
Trump Unloads on McConnell in Blistering Statement
In his statement, Trump held nothing back, writing that McConnell is a losing bet for the Republican party and an awful person to work with.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again…The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump wrote.
Even though McConnell voted not to impeach Trump in the Senate, he gave a drama queen speech that claimed Trump was to blame for the riots and violence that occurred on Jan. 6, saying Trump’s supporters went berserk “because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth—because he was angry he’d lost an election.”
McConnell went on to say that “former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
McConnell voted no on impeachment saying it was unconstitutional, since it was only made to remove sitting presidents from office. But he did say that if Trump were to be criminally charged or sued he would be fine with it, noting that “we have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) February 17, 2021
McConnell’s Crusade Against Trump
In a recent interview, McConnell also said Trump was to blame for the “fiasco” of losing the two Senate seats in Georgia.
Trump’s statement said the low voter turnout and loss was because Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger didn’t do enough to investigate claims of election fraud. According to Trump this blame should also fall on McConnell for not caring whether the election was fair.
“McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will,” Trump wrote.
What’s McConnell’s Response?
McConnell hasn’t responded to Trump’s angry statement, but did say that he’s still willing to work to back pro-Trump members of the GOP running for office as long as they can win.
“I personally don’t care what kind of Republican they are, what kind of lane they consider themselves in. What I care about is electability,” McConnell said.
Trump has made it clear that he won’t hesitate to primary and get rid of people in the GOP who don’t support the MAGA platform and who have trash-talked him or his policies.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First,” Trump said.
As a savvy political operator, McConnell knows he has to pretend to be OK with the MAGA movement as a whole. That’s why he’s focused on blaming Trump. But at the end of the day, McConnell is a self-righteous hack who just wants to cozy up to Biden, China and free trade extremism that goes against Trump’s nationalist policies.
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin put it well about McConnell’s two-faced nature, noting that “you’ve got Leader McConnell voting not guilty, not to convict, but then just providing a scathing speech on the floor of the Senate that does not reflect, I think, the majority of our conference.”