Ex-Aide: McConnell May Never Speak to Trump Again

Clay Curtis
February 19, 2021

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attempted to come between the two Republican heavyweights, telling Fox News' Sean Hannity that he needs fellow members of the GOP to "realize that without President Trump, we're never going to get back in the majority."

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement.

The statement was viewed as a response to McConnell proclaiming on the Senate Floor that "there is no question" Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for inciting the deadly January 6 riot.

While speaking with Fox News hosts Harris Faulkner and Bill Hemmer about the passing of conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday, Trump answered questions about the late radio personality's take on the 2020 U.S. presidential election, once again insisting that he had "won" on November 3.

"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.

Trump had attacked McConnell on Tuesday in retaliation to the GOP leader's public condemnation of the ex-president's incitement of the violent siege of the Capitol in January.

In his statement, Trump criticised McConnell for failing to do more to back his unfounded claims of election fraud. He has also recently signaled he would oppose Trump-backed Republican Senate primary candidates if he believes they are not electable.

Donald Trump lashes out at Mitch McConnell over post-acquittal critique
While a majority of the Senate, 57 of the 100 members, voted for conviction, it fell short of the two-thirds majority required. Sasse was already facing a censure effort by the Nebraska Republican Party before his guilty vote.

Republicans are divided over the role Trump and Trumpism should play in the future of their party.

"Let's not compound the grievous injury to the country and our party by continuing to embrace him, for Trumpism is the opposite of conservatism", Flake said in an op-ed published on CNN's website on Monday, referring to the former president.

Trump and McConnell parted ways in the weeks after the November 3 presidential election, with Trump irked that McConnell had recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the victor.

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

An op-ed from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday warned Republicans that Trump would not be able to win another national election. They only hit their own - like Mitch.

Alongside the clear political divide in the United States, there also exists a fracture within the Republican Party, with many pro-Trump members of the GOP clashing with other conservatives.

Mr Trump underscored the significant support he continues to command among Republican voters and appeared unphased by his recent second impeachment trial, even joking his polling numbers had surged since the proceedings.

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