Published: Wed, February 17, 2021
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Trump Asks US Republicans To Dump "Sullen" Senate Leader Mitch McConnell

Trump Asks US Republicans To Dump

Former U.S. president Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, signaling a growing feud between the two most important voices in the Republican Party.

"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", th South Carolina Republican continued. "Mitch McConnell at its helm", the statement said.

He went on to write: "Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again".

Asked about McConnell's reported comments that he could unite his party around opposition to the bill, Biden said: "It may unify Republicans but it will hurt America badly".

"President Trump did not plan, produce, or organize the January 6 rally on the Ellipse", he said.

Following the November presidential election, Giuliani went to several states Trump lost in an attempt to overturn the results, and was at the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C. During the event, which took place immediately before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Giuliani told the crowd, "Let's have trial by combat". "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president".

It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office
It was Trump's longest statement since leaving office Credit AFP

He even noted that though Trump is now out of office, he remains subject to the country's criminal and civil laws.

MCCONNELL: "President Trump is still liable for everything he did while in office".

Mr McConnell's decision to speak to the Wall Street Journal was seen as a move to reassure wealthy donors who have threatened to desert the party as a result of Mr Trump's actions during and in the wake of the Capitol attack. Trump's accusations of election fraud were rejected by judges at all levels of the judiciary, including those appointed by Trump himself.

The press release announcing the lawsuit said: "The insurrection was the result of a carefully orchestrated plan by Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, all of whom shared a common goal of employing intimidation, harassment and threats to stop the certification of the Electoral College". But others have remained loyal in hopes of not alienating Trump supporters during future elections.

"I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats", Mr Trump claimed, "and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both US Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600". He also said McConnell "begged" for his endorsement in the senator's home state of Kentucky while running for reelection previous year _ and suggested he'd work to defeat McConnell and his Republican allies, saying he planned to "back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great".

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