The former President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday, demanding that he be removed as the Senate minority leader as he accused him of being a “pawn for the Democrats.”
Trump released a statement referencing a story published by The Federalist about McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao’s alleged ties to China, with the former president using that to call for the senator’s ouster.
“The Democrats have Mitch McConnell and his lovely wife, Elaine ‘Coco’ Chao, over a barrel,” Trump said, according to CBS Miami. “He and she will never be prosecuted, as per the last paragraphs of this story, as long as he continues to give the Radical Left the Trillions and Trillions of Dollars that they constantly DEMAND.”
“He was afraid to use the ‘Debt Ceiling Card’ in order to stop the most expensive waste of money in our Country’s history, to be spent on the Green New Deal, which will only cause one thing, a Depression,” he added. “These expenditures are something our Country can never recover from.”
Not stopping there, Trump proceeded to double down.
“Mitch McConnell is not an Opposition Leader, he is a pawn for the Democrats to get whatever they want,” the former president concluded. “He is afraid of them, and will not do what has to be done. A new Republican Leader in the Senate should be picked immediately!”
Trump has been at odds with McConnell, who he has nicknamed “Old Crow,” ever since the senator slammed him in Congress for what he saw as his role in the Capitol riot that took place on January 6, 2021.
Trump had previously attacked both McConnell and Chau in a separate statement that was released on Truth Social over the weekend.
“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 said. “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!”
Back in February, Trump called for McConnell to be ousted and replaced as Senate minority leader by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). Trump reportedly pitched this to Scott in a private meeting at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
“You should run for Senate majority leader,” Trump told the National Republican Senatorial Committee at this meeting, a person familiar with the exchange recounted to Politico.
While Scott did not tell Trump “no” that day, he said that his focus is on making sure that Republicans win back the Senate.
“Chairman Scott and Leader McConnell are working hand in hand to win back the Senate in November,” his spokesman said at the time.
While Trump has yet to publicly reveal whether or not he plans to run for president again in 2024, he has said that he’s privately made the decision. While some Republicans feared that he would announce what he’s decided over the summer, it does not seem that Trump will do that, and he’ll likely wait until after the midterm elections to do so.