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Trump unleashes scathing statement blasting Sen. Mitch McConnell

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement.

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President Trump and Mitch McConnell in 2018
President Trump and Mitch McConnell in 2018
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Updated: February 16, 2021 - 6:06pm

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Former President Donald Trump issued a scathing statement on Tuesday in which he excoriated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump said in the fiery statement. "McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell's Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last."

"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again," the former president said elsewhere in his statement. "He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership."

The nation's 45th commander-in-chief also attacked Republicans Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and the Peach State's GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the statement.

"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," Trump said. 

"It was a complete election disaster in Georgia, and certain other swing states. McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn't have what it takes, never did, and never will," Trump declared.

While the Kentucky Republican who has spent more than three decades serving in the U.S. Senate was among the 43 GOP senators who did not vote to convict Trump at the Senate impeachment trial last weekend, McConnell condemned Trump during a speech he delivered after the vote.

"The House accused the former President of, quote, ‘incitement.’ That is a specific term from the criminal law. Let me just put that aside for a moment and reiterate something I said weeks ago: There's no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of" Jan. 6, McConnell said.

"If President Trump were still in office, I would've carefully considered whether the House managers proved their specific charge," McConnell said during his speech. "By the strict criminal standard, the President’s speech probably was not incitement. However, however, in the context of impeachment, the Senate might have decided this was acceptable shorthand for the reckless actions that preceded the riot. But in this case, the question is moot because former President Trump is constitutionally not eligible for conviction."