Published: Wed, February 17, 2021

Trump calls McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack' in lengthy statement

Trump calls McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack' in lengthy statement

Former U.S. President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" in a broadside attack just days after the Kentucky Republican voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Sen".

In a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, McConnell again accused Trump of "moral responsibility" for the Capitol attack, adding that the former president's "behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended".

But if Trump violated criminal laws, the fact that he took those actions while president would not shield him from liability, said Randall Eliason, a law professor at George Washington University and a former federal prosecutor.

Despite the potshot at McConnell's family and the insulting characterization of his personality, Trump wanted to lob harsher personal attacks at McConnell, according to a source familiar with Trump's desires.

McConnell had remained loyal to Trump during almost all of his four years in office, when the pair were the two most powerful members of the Republican Party.

Jason Miller, an adviser for Mr Trump, said in a statement on Tuesday (local time) that Mr Trump did not organise the rally that preceded the riot and "did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on January 6th".

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First". The former President routinely insulted his critics and political opponents, as well as members of the military, his own health experts and fellow Republicans who he did not find sufficiently loyal.


"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office as an ordinary citizen", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

But he used the blast against Mr McConnell to assert his continuing claim to leadership of the Republican party.

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Mr Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - Mr McConnell let loose, excoriating Mr Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the United States legislature ransacked by his supporters.

"As much as the left wants to act like Republicans are only QAnon supporters, part of the problem is when I hear that, I automatically get very tribal", Ms. "His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone".

The districts' actions set up a collision course with the state Republican Party organization, where chairman Glenn Clary has supported a "big tent" approach to party membership.

"His behaviour during and after the chaos was also unconscionable".

"President Trump has done more for the American people in four years, than you, the Rhinos and the Democrats have done in years!"

Atlanta prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into whether Trump attempted to overturn his election loss in Georgia, including a January 2 phone call in which he urged the state's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to reverse Biden's narrow victory.

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