Trump Slams McConnell In Post-Acquittal Statement, Calling Him An ‘Unsmiling Political Hack’
Former President Donald Trump released an angry statement Tuesday night directed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) for not supporting his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and acknowledging the former president’s blame in the Capitol insurrection.
In a message released by his Save America political action committee, Trump said, “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”
McConnell was complicit with Trump’s behavior throughout his tenure as president, but seemingly had a falling out after the Capitol insurrection on January 6. McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, quickly stepped down from her position as transportation secretary under Trump, and McConnell agreed with her choice saying it was “a good move.”
All eyes were then on McConnell to see if he would vote to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. McConnell voted to acquit Trump, but then said the former president was “practically and morally responsible” for the attack. McConnell explained his choice to acquit in a Wall Street Journal op-ed saying that he objected to the constitutionality of impeaching a former president, not Trump’s responsibility for the insurrection. Several top GOP lawyers, however, disagree with McConnell saying it is constitutional to impeach a former president.