Trump Blasts McConnell Following GOP Leader's Critique About 'Quality' Of Republican Candidates

Trump Blasts McConnell Following GOP Leader's Critique About 'Quality' Of Republican Candidates

Donald Trump stepped up his feud with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the weekend after the Kentucky Republican appeared to criticize GOP Senate candidates the former president has backed.

In a Truth Social post, Trump called McConnell a “broken down political hack” while going on to challenge the GOP leader’s loyalty to his own party.

“Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate,” Trump asked.

“This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!” he added.

During an event in his home state last week, the Kentucky Republican was asked his thoughts about several Senate candidates backed by the former president and their chances of pulling off victories during the upcoming midterms.

McConnell’s responses were less than enthusiastic, to say the least.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” ​​McConnell said when asked about his expectations for the midterms during an event in Kentucky, according to NBC News.

“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” he added.

The remark about “candidate quality” especially drew ire, as it appeared to many to be an offhanded critique of candidates backed by the former president.

“Democrats are painting Republican Senate candidates in upcoming elections and midterms as cruel and out of touch,” Fox News’ Sean Hannity said Friday.

“Well, apparently Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is content to leave them out to dry and fend for themselves. Listen to these comments, they’re very encouraging,” Hannity said sarcastically before playing a clip of McConnell explaining his predictions, The Hill reported.

“You don’t hear [Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)] complaining about candidate quality in Pennsylvania,” Hannity continued, referring to far-left candidate John Fetterman. “How about you get out there, Mitch, and fight for your team? What’s your agenda, Mitch, or would you rather just sit by and watch helplessly as Democrats lie to your face, pass another $500 billion green energy boondoggle?”

Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, also ripped McConnell while noting several conservative politicos have remarked to her privately they are upset by McConnell’s stance.

In a Friday column titled, “Come On, Mitch McConnell, Republicans Need You To Step Up And Lead,” Hemingway writes that as the party’s leader in the upper chamber, he “has an obligation to immediately and dramatically improve his performance.”

Referring to McConnell’s comments, she asked in the column: “What was McConnell thinking? What in the world was he thinking?”

She added:

Unnecessarily ceding an incredibly winnable Senate to Democrats three months before an election is a great example of the leadership choices that have led McConnell to be the least popular national politician in the country, according to the RealClearPolitics average. And it’s a good example of why so many Republicans — grateful as they may be for his successes — think it’s time for new leadership.

Still, for the time being, McConnell is the top elected Republican, and he has an obligation to effectively lead the Republican team, respecting the voters and who they have chosen.

In this case, having a nearly opposite response about Republican prospects rather than the pouty and clinical one McConnell offered would have been strategically and politically wise. It also would have matched much more with the reality of the political environment.

“Consumer confidence has cratered. War with nuclear powers is dangerously close in at least two parts of the world. The economy should be roaring out of the pandemic, but it’s returned to Obama-era sluggishness or worse. Woke mobs are completing their destruction of the country’s institutions. Democrats are persecuting political opponents with their deeply unpopular J6 star chamber,” she wrote.


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