October 22, 2021

Report: Trump preparing challenger to Mitch McConnell’s leadership

Former President Donald Trump is seeking possible candidates to support to remove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from his leadership role, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“McConnell has said that President Biden won the election and that Mr. Trump’s “wild falsehoods” about the outcome were responsible for the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol,” according to the report.

“They have also split on policy this year. Mr. McConnell joined 18 fellow Senate Republicans in voting for a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, despite Mr. Trump saying the deal ‘makes the Republicans look weak, foolish, and dumb,’” it added.

Trump has blasted McConnell repeatedly in the media and in his statements. In August, Trump spoke out against McConnell being overrated after the Democrats’ infrastructure bill passed.

“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,” Trump said in the statement.

“I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics — now I don’t have to be quiet anymore,” he added.

Despite the reported plans by Trump, the move currently seems unlikely to take place in the Senate. Instead, the Senate is focused on slowing down the Biden administration’s radical agenda while seeking ways to regain power in the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.

Trump may want McConnell out, but it will take more than fiery statements to make it happen. Perhaps Trump’s own run for president in 2024 will be required to have his say over McConnell’s leadership in the Senate.

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