Trump attacks his former ally Mitch McConnell as a 'dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack'

  • Trump threw Sen. Mitch McConnell under the bus in a blistering Tuesday statement. 
  • Trump called the powerful Senate Republican a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack.”
  • McConnell voted to acquit Trump in the recent impeachment trial, but strongly criticized him after doing so.
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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at his one-time ally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a blistering statement issued on Tuesday through his Save America PAC. 

McConnell voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, but gave a strongly-worded floor speech afterward saying that Trump was “morally” responsible for the deadly riots.  

Trump attacked McConnell as a “dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack,” saying that “if Republican Senators stay with him, they will not win again.” 

He added: “The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle — they never had it so good — and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.” 

Trump also blamed McConnell for the “Georgia disaster,” which, he wrote, was caused because the Kentucky senator didn’t support higher COVID-19 stimulus checks in the relief bill that passed in December.

“McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600. How does that work? It became the Democrats’ principal advertisement, and a big winner for them it was,” Trump said.

Republicans lost the dual January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia, handing Democrats narrow control of the US Senate. 

The former president also criticized McConnell for not being grateful for Trump’s endorsement in his 2020 Senate race against Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath.

“My only regret is that McConnell ‘begged’ for my strong support and endorsement before the great people of Kentucky in the 2020 election, and I gave it to him,” he wrote. “He went from one point down to 20 points up, and won. How quickly he forgets.”

Trump ended his statement by saying, “where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First.”

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