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Donald Trump attacks Mitch McConnell again following report on ‘exit strategy’

Donald Trump attacks Mitch McConnell again following report the Kentucky senator could be trying to devise an exit strategy as he accuses Dems of ‘buying’ the Georgia election

  • Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in another statement Thursday
  • Blamed him for backing $600 checks and held him responsible for Georgia Senate losses
  • New report says McConnell is preparing ‘exit strategy’ that would bypass state’s GOP governor from filling a vacancy 
  • Called McConnell ‘the most unpopular politician in the country’
  • McConnell and almost all GOP senators voted not to convict Trump in impeachment trial 

President Donald Trump issued another statement blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from Mar-a-Lago, accusing him of blowing two elections in Georgia that cost Republicans their Senate majority.

The attack comes days after a speech to the conservative CPAC conference where he called for throwing Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming out of office, along with other Republicans who voted to impeach him in the House and Senate. 

He slammed McConnell for yielding to his caucus and supporting $600 checks for Americans, rather than the $2,000 Trump backed late in negotiations – and ripped a Senate GOP group for its Georgia effort. Many GOP strategist blame the losses on Trump’s refusal to concede the election.

President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in another statement Thursday

‘Even more stupidly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him. He would have lost badly without this endorsement,’ he claimed.  

‘Senator Mitch McConnell’s refusal to go above $600 per person on the stimulus check payments when the two Democrat opponents were touting $2,000 per person in ad after ad. This latter point was used against our Senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election—and McConnell let them do it!’ Trump fumed.

McConnell denounced Trump following the Jan. 6th riot, and delivered a blistering speech where he said Trump ‘provoked’ the Capitol riot, but nevertheless did not vote to convict him of incitement of insurrection. 

McConnell denounced Trump and said he 'provoked' the riot in a speech after he voted to acquit Trump in inciting insurrection

McConnell denounced Trump and said he ‘provoked’ the riot in a speech after he voted to acquit Trump in inciting insurrection

Trump campaigned with former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler the day before her loss. He blamed McConnell, but not his own role contesting election results

Trump campaigned with former Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler the day before her loss. He blamed McConnell, but not his own role contesting election results 

Trump’s attack on McConnell, 79, followed a report in the Intercept that said he was planning an ‘exit strategy’ by lining up possible successors and angling to strip away the power of the sate’s Democratic governor to appoint a successor should he leave before the end of his term. 

A bill introduced in the state would take power to appoint a successor in the event of a vacancy away from the governor and assigns it to a state executive committee. If could choose from a slate of three people who would hail from the same party as the senator who vacated.

McConnell reportedly has a short-list of preferred candidates. 

It comes weeks after GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham warned of the risks of a civil war in the party, and flew down to Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump. ”Mitch McConnell working with Donald Trump did a hell of a job. They are now at each other’s throat. I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own,’ Graham cautioned. 

Sen. Raphael Warnock

Sen. Jon Ossoff

Democrats picked up two Senate seats with the victories by Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia runoffs

Trump’s analysis of the Georgia results comes despite two GOP candidates, Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, losing ground in suburban areas. Both senators faced post-election runoffs that coincided with Trump’s attacks on state election officials amid recounts that confirmed Joe Biden’s victory. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected in January runoffs.

‘To set the record straight, there were two reasons the Senate races were lost in Georgia,’ Trump wrote.

‘First, Republicans did not turn out to vote because they were so angry and disappointed with Georgia Republican leadership and Governor Kemp for failing to stand up to Stacey Abrams and the disastrous Consent Decree that virtually eliminated signature verification requirements across the state (and much worse), and was not approved by the State Legislature as required by the Constitution—having a major impact on the result, a rigged election,’ he said.

Abrams is the former gubernatorial candidate who helped design voter turnout efforts. 

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