Trump urges Senate Republicans to dump McConnell

Trump urges Senate Republicans to dump McConnell

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".

Trump also warned that said he would back Republicans in congressional primaries where "necessary and appropriate", amid reports that McConnell would encourage moderates outside Trump's cuckoo brigade of conspiracy theorists and extremists. The insurrection interrupted the counting of the Electoral College, and forced the Senate, House and Vice President Mike Pence to be moved to a secure location as a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump seized the Capitol building.

It was that claim, both McConnell and Democrats say, which incited the unprecedented attack on Congress on January 6.

For its justification in suing a former president, the complaint relies in part on arguments made by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, after he voted to acquit Mr. Trump in the trial Saturday.

"We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened to make sure it never happens again", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, one of Trump's fiercest defenders, told Fox News Sunday.

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.

CNN reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. "'When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol", she said in a a statement introduced at trial. "Hanging his flags. And screaming their loyalty to him", McConnell said.

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Republican officials in battleground states including Georgia and Arizona have also said the election was fair.

Many analysts however blame that loss on Trump himself, for his unsettling refusal to accept President Joe Biden's strong November 3 election victory, based on groundless claims of fraud.

The former president's statement promises to further fuel an intraparty struggle.

But Trump blamed the wily veteran lawmaker, who for four years as majority leader kept the Senate aligned with the Republican president, for losing party control of the body.

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".

Trump's statement Tuesday adds McConnell to the list of Republicans whom the former President is targeting after they opposed him. "We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership".

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