Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell

Henrietta Brewer
February 18, 2021

Rather, Mr Trump chose to focus on Mr McConnell as he broke an unusually lengthy silence by his standards, after being permanently barred from his former favourite medium - Twitter - last month because of tweets he had posted during the Capitol riot.

Trump also warned that said he would back Republicans in congressional primaries where "necessary and appropriate", amid reports that McConnell would encourage moderates outside Trump's cuckoo brigade of conspiracy theorists and extremists.

Mr McConnell's decision to speak to the Wall Street Journal was seen as a move to reassure wealthy donors who have threatened to desert the party as a result of Mr Trump's actions during and in the wake of the Capitol attack.

"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".

Despite the potshot at McConnell's family and the insulting characterization of his personality, Trump wanted to lob harsher personal attacks at McConnell, according to a source familiar with Trump's desires. Trump adviser Jason Miller said an "earlier (version of the) statement was likely tougher".

Donald Trump talks to the press as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks on in January 2019.

"What I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party", th South Carolina Republican continued.

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

Shortly after he joined the majority of Republican senators last Saturday in voting to acquit Mr Trump on the House impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection", Mr McConnell excoriated Mr Trump, laying the blame for the riot at his feet and suggesting that further investigations of Mr Trump could play out in the judicial system.

What Mr McConnell has not done, though, is openly declare political war on Mr Trump in the fashion that the former president did to him on Tuesday.

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.

In the last weeks of Trump's presidency, the relationship between the then-Senate majority leader and Trump - the two most powerful men in the Republican Party - had essentially collapsed, multiple sources told CNN.

"He's in Florida this week on political travel and had meetings at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and touched base with President Trump while he was there", Scalise's spokeswoman Lauren Fine told CNN.

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