Former President Donald Trump took a swipe at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday, calling him “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” days after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.
The comments by Trump are in response to McConnell’s speech from the Senate floor in which he ripped the former president’s actions of Jan. 6. The Kentucky Republican had aligned with Trump’s GOP vision over the past four years, but now the two men seem to be estranged.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”
Trump, who’s banned from most social media outlets, has resorted to official statements from the Office of the 45th President of the United States as of late. His calls for leadership in the GOP are the latest blindside blow to the Republican establishment after leaving office. The comments also fall into the pattern of Trump’s verbal jabs by routinely insulting his critics and political opponents that include fellow Republicans who’re viewed as disloyal.
“McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and “Trumpism” from the Republican Party,” according to CNN.
“There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility,” McConnell wrote Monday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone. His 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.”
McConnell also seems to be at odds with other Senators. One of them being Lindsey Graham, who gave his thoughts during a Fox News interview.
“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,” Graham noted. “We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don’t get that, you’re just not looking.”