Trump breaks post-impeachment trial silence to lash out at Mitch McConnell

Andrew Cummings
February 17, 2021

While McConnell didn't vote to convict Trump in the Senate impeachment trial (seven Republicans did), he still delivered a disparaging speech, laying the blame for the violent mob who attacked the Capitol building in Washington DC squarely at the feet of Trump. The House impeached Trump a week before he left office.

Because of that re-election, McConnell won't face the Republican voters again for another six years, so the threat from the former president will do little to cower the shrewd political veteran, who some political commentators have argued will now work to limit Trump's influence over the party.

CNN's Jim Acosta reported on a statement he received from Miller on Tuesday, which said the former New York City mayor is "not now representing President Trump in any legal matters".

Minutes after the Senate voted Saturday, the Senate's longest-serving Republican leader said Trump's actions surrounding the attack on Congress were "a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty".

"These criminals were carrying his banners".

In a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, McConnell again accused Trump of "moral responsibility" for the Capitol attack, adding that the former president's "behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended".

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.

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.

Further, 54 per cent of Republicans said they would like to support Trump in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary election.

Surprisingly, after Trump's acquittal, the number of people in the party who think he should play a major role in the Republican party has increased by 18 per cent.

With his impeachment trial looming, the ex-president had been almost completely silent on politics since moving into his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida nearly one month ago.

The clash between the current and former GOP leaders comes as the Republican Party at large grapples with warring factions at odds over whether to continue in Trump's likeness or forge a path veering from the former President's legacy.

"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.

Asked about McConnell's reported comments that he could unite his party around opposition to the bill, Biden said: "It may unify Republicans but it will hurt America badly".

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