Washington, Feb 16 (efe-epa).- Former United States president Donald Trump on Tuesday launched a biting personal attack on fellow Republican Mitch McConnell.
It came days after the Senate minority leader held Trump “practically and morally responsible” for the Capitol riot, despite voting against his impeachment.
“McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader,” Trump began in a statement headed with a “Save America” campaign logo and “President Donald J. Trump” underneath, despite the fact he is leader no longer.
The former president also said that the “Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm” and held him responsible for the loss of the conservative majority in the Senate.
“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 added.
He also hailed his own success in the November election, which his rival Joe Biden won by a landslide.
The statement comes after the Senate impeachment trial against Trump over his responsibility for the assault on the Capitol. Although McConnell voted in favor of Trump’s acquittal, he hid behind a technicality and in a speech held the former president responsible for the assault.
“He (Trump) hasn’t gotten off the hook yet. We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being accountable by either one,” McConnell said afterwards.
Trump has reiterated his intention to continue in politics as leader of the Republican bases. The former president thus intends to maintain the reins of the party thanks to his enormous popularity among right-leaning voters. EFE-EPA