Published: Fri, February 19, 2021

Ex-Aide: McConnell May Never Speak to Trump Again

Ex-Aide: McConnell May Never Speak to Trump Again

Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's political acumen while continuing to publicly show fealty to Donald Trump during a Tuesday night interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News.

The gap between them widened when McConnell declared on the Senate floor on Saturday that Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the deadly January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell was once an ally of Trump, but turned against the president in the wake of the Capitol riot, which he blamed Trump for inflaming.

"I saw that he said there was no vaccine before he came into office and yet he got a shot before he came into office", he laughed.

"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again", Trump said in a statement released through his political action committee amid the fallout over the former president's second impeachment trial.

The question is pertinent to Republicans because the leading voice of the party is up for grabs now that Trump is a private citizen.

But, after Trump spent months making baseless claims that election fraud cost him the November election against Democrat Joe Biden, McConnell said that overturning the vote because of objections from the losing side would see American democracy enter "a death spiral".

According to the report, aides warned Trump that escalating his dispute with McConnell would do neither man any favors.

House Republican Adam Kinzinger of IL has also frequently criticized Trump's influence in the party.

"The country is moving past the Trump Presidency, and the GOP will remain in the wilderness until it does too", the op-ed said.

In his statement Tuesday, Trump went on to pledge he will continue to be involved in Republican politics. In many states, Republicans who oppose Trump - specifically, those in the House and Senate who voted to impeach him or convict him - face backlash from their party. Several staunch Trump Republican allies, such as Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are some of the prominent conservatives who may choose to run in 2024 with the former president's support.

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