(PatrioticPost.com)- Senate Minority Leader was completely silent on Tuesday night after former President Donald Trump tore into him in a press release, seemingly declaring war on the Republican establishment.
Former President Trump didn’t mince his words, calling McConnell a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack,” and suggesting that Republicans “will not win again” if they keep him around.
“Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First,” the president said.
In the statement, released through his “Save America PAC,” the former president also lamented McConnel’s refusal to play ball on the issue of a $2,000 stimulus check, instead proposing an unpopular $600 check.
“How does that work? It became the Democrats’ principal advertisement, and a big winner for them it was,” the president said.
Donald Trump just put out a very long statement through his “Save America PAC” attacking @LeaderMcConnell.
The lede: “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm.” pic.twitter.com/NXIsHnJxzB
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) February 16, 2021
“McConnel then put himself, one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States, into the advertisements,” he said. “Many Republicans in Georgia voted Democrat, or just didn’t vote, because of their anguish at their inept Governor, Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and the Republican Party, for not doing its job on Election Integrity during the 2020 Presidential race.”
The former president ended the statement by saying that it is a “big moment” for the United States and that Republicans “cannot let it pass by using third rate ‘leaders’ to dictator our future.”
It was a clear indication that the former president aims to primary anti-Trump Republicans in the 2022 midterms, and while McConnell’s seat isn’t up for grabs for six years, plenty of other Republican seats are…and they are in Trump’s crosshairs.
Fox News noted that McConnell was “silent” after the attack.
“But McConnell has not said anything since the Tuesday afternoon statement from Trump was released,” the outlet reported on Wednesday. “His office did not return a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday.”
A source close to the former president also told Fox that the statement was a response to an op-ed written by McConnell and published on Monday and that the former president plans to hit the campaign trail to help the GOP take back the House in the 2022 midterms.