Trump sued for Capitol attack under 'Ku Klux Klan Act'

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2021

Progressive observers passed the proverbial popcorn Tuesday as Donald Trump issued a retaliatory attack on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell following withering criticism from the Kentucky Republican-who still voted to acquit the former president at the close of his impeachment trial on Saturday.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement.

"You need Republicans going after him, people like Mitch McConnell willing to say it".

On January 6, hundreds of supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol complex in Washington DC, and clashed with the police as members of the Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential elections, which Democrat Joe Biden won.

A recent poll conducted by Politico-Morning Consult revealed that Trump's popularity within the Republican Party has not decreased even after impeachment trials.

The two are trying to push the party in opposite directions, McConnell back toward the roots of a budget-focused, pro-trade party, while Trump, who is still backed by a large portion of the Republican voter base, advocates a more populist approach.

Trump's lashing out follows his impeachment by a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives last month for his role inciting the January 6 violent riot at the US Capitol, which resulted in the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First". Graham believes the infighting will only hurt the Republican Party and needs to come to an end. Manchin voted to find the former president guilty.

But he used the blast against Mr McConnell to assert his continuing claim to leadership of the Republican party.

"As much as the left wants to act like Republicans are only QAnon supporters, part of the problem is when I hear that, I automatically get very tribal", Ms.

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Mr Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - Mr McConnell let loose, excoriating Mr Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the USA legislature ransacked by his supporters.

In remarks on the Senate floor shortly after Trump was cleared in a 57-43 vote, McConnell suggested that the former President could be subject to criminal prosecution.

He called Trump's actions leading up to the siege, including a White House rally where the then-president urged followers to descend on Congress, "a disgraceful dereliction of duty".

Trump faces several civil lawsuits, including two defamation lawsuits filed by women who accused him of sexually assaulting them before he was elected president in 2016.

Banned from Twitter-his erstwhile weapon of choice for attacking critics-Trump fired his broadside, which blamed McConnell (R-Ky.) for Republicans' loss of Senate control, via a statement from his Save America super PAC.

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