The former president continues his criticism of the Senate minority chairman Mitch McConnell as the party keeps track of its prospects for elections in 2022.
Former President Donald Trump continued his attack on U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, saying Republicans would do well to find a new leader if they hope to take the Senate back in 2022.
Trump started the latest volley on the Fox Business Network when his interviewer asked about the upcoming medium-term campaign for control of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell didn’t do a great job. I think they should change Mitch McConnell, ”the former president told Reuters news service.
The US Republicans are fragmented over the future political role of the former president following the January 6th Capitol uprising and Trump’s second impeachment by the House of Representatives. The former president remains popular with Republican voters and local activists.
When asked about Trump’s comments, McConnell told Fox News Channel, “We look to the future, not the past.”
The Kentucky Republican has held his Senate caucus without opposition since 2007.
Bad blood between Trump and McConnell could complicate matters for Republicans as they attempt to win back the Senate majority, with both voters and lawmakers divided between Trump loyalists and the traditional party.
The Democrats took control of the Senate in January by winning two seats in Georgia after Trump sparked divisions by making the false claim that the 2020 elections were stolen from him and attacking Republican civil servants for attacking the results hadn’t knocked over.
The 100-seat Senate is currently 50% split between Republicans and Democrats, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris maintaining the tied vote. However, Democrats are aware that the party that controls the White House will historically lose its seats in Congress in the first presidential election.
McConnell drew Trump’s anger by acknowledging President Joe Biden’s victory and blaming Trump for the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6 after the Senate acquitted the former president of inciting insurrection.
Less than a month ago, Trump called McConnell “a son of a bitch” at a Republican National Committee donor dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club, according to one attendee.
After playing with the idea of forming a new party, Trump announced at a Conservative conference dominated by his supporters that he would try to unite the Republicans.
House Republicans, who stand a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives next year, held a strategy retreat in Orlando, Florida earlier this week. Trump was not invited to speak, prompting reporters to ask questions from Republican leaders.
“Right now the Republican Party is led by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the house,” said representative Liz Cheney, who has argued that the party must emerge from the Trump era.
“We will be very focused on the substance and the issues and this is where we have to win back the voters we lost in 2020 and in fact we are the party they can trust. We are the party of competence and conservative principles. “