BEAST MODE: McConnell Ramps Up Attacks On Trump Over Midterms Fiasco
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is stepping up his attacks on Donald Trump as support for the twice-impeached former president continues to plummet.
With Trump’s numbers in the tank, McConnell isn’t wasting any time in striking back against someone who has repeatedly called for his ouster as Senate GOP leader.
The Kentucky Republican hit Trump on Tuesday, blaming him for the “candidate quality” problem that hampered the party’s bid to recapture the Senate in 2022.
“We ended up having a candidate quality [issue],” he told reporters Tuesday. “Look at Arizona, look at New Hampshire and the challenging situation in Georgia as well.”
McConnell said his affiliated super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, intervened in the Republican Senate primaries in Alabama and Missouri by investing money to defeat Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. But argued that Trump’s influence with primary voters made it very difficult to weed out weak candidates who had Trump’s support or embraced his false claims of a stolen 2020 election.
“Our ability to control the primary outcome was quite limited in ’22 because the support of the former president proved to be very decisive in these primaries. So my view was do the best you can with the cards you’re dealt. Hopefully, in the next cycle we’ll have quality candidates everywhere and a better outcome,” he said.
It’s the third time in three weeks that McConnell has directly criticized the former president after repeatedly avoiding engaging with him over the past two years.
McConnell’s increasing attacks come as polls show Trump’s support is slipping among Republican voters, a trend that has accelerated since Trump-aligned candidates lost important races across the country in the midterm elections.
It also comes as Trump’s legal problems are mounting, and GOP lawmakers think there’s a good chance that special counsel Jack Smith will move forward with one or multiple indictments against him.
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