President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have enjoyed a highly cooperative and friendly relationship throughout Trump’s time in the White House, but recent events may have severed that relationship.
President Trump has reportedly completely flipped on McConnell, accusing him of disloyalty due to McConnell’s decision to recognize Joe Biden as president-elect after last week’s electoral college vote.
According to an Axios report on Monday, Trump sent a memo to GOP lawmakers attacking McConnell for betraying him after Trump bolstered his Senate re-election campaign.
“Sadly, Mitch forgot,” reads the top of the slide sent to Republican senators by Trump’s personal assistant, written in red for emphasis. “He was the first one off the ship.”
In the case of McConnell, who survived a $93 million onslaught from veteran and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, Trump’s slide points to polling that showed the Kentucky race in a dead heat until June 19, when the president sent a tweet endorsing the Senate leader.
The slide shows polling tightening again to 51%-40% before an Oct. 31 Trump robocall. McConnell’s final margin of victory over McGrath was 57.8%-38.2%.
President Trump continues his battle to investigate claims of voter and election fraud in November’s election, but many GOP leaders have chosen to acknowledge a Biden victory, despite evidence of widespread fraud.
However, many GOP lawmakers have chosen to stand with President Trump, hinting at plans to challenge the planned Congressional acknowledgement of the electoral vote on January 6th.