Former President Donald Trump on Saturday launched another attack against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), referring to him as “old Mitch” and saying the Kentucky Republican is the “best thing that ever happened” to Democrats over the Democratic Voting Rights Bill.
“The Democrats are now on a new kick with their so-called Voting Rights Bill, which is a disaster for our Country and certainly the Republican Party. The problem is, good old Mitch gave away our primary negotiating weapon—the debt limit, and he got nothing for it,” Trump said in a statement shared to Twitter by his official spokesperson Liz Harrington on Saturday.
Trump, who has repeatedly suggested that he should be ousted from his leadership role by fellow GOP senators, added: “This is Democrat controlled legislation that will make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win elections. It is a scam, as is everything else being put forth by the Democrats. McConnell is the best thing that ever happened to them!”
Trump’s attacks on McConnell began after the Republican leader declined to back his false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. After the January 6 attack against the legislative branch of government carried out by the former president’s supporters, McConnell didn’t mince words in blaming Trump for the violence.
“There’s no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it. The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” McConnell said during a Senate floor speech at the time, according to Newsweek.
Trump shot back at McConnell, saying: “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” the former president said. Since then, he has suggested that McConnell only won re-election because of his support and that he should be removed from his leadership role.
But McConnell was not backing down after a reporter asked him about Trump’s claim that he only won re-election due to the former president’s support.
“Yeah, well, I want to thank him for the 15-point margin I had in 2014 as well,” McConnel said sarcastically.
President Donald J. Trump:
"The Democrats are now on a new kick with their so-called Voting Rights Bill, which is a disaster for our Country and certainly the Republican Party. The problem is, good old Mitch gave away our primary negotiating weapon—the debt limit, and… pic.twitter.com/Cp0urt1J4J
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) December 18, 2021