Former Guy Relaunching Fundraising Efforts to “Oust” McConnell
When Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial on the technicality that he was no longer in office, Republicans thought they had the former Majority Leader fully on their sides and the 2022 midterms in the bag. But then McConnell spoke at length about Trump’s guilt and signaled that the lower courts should go ahead and do the job the Senate wasn’t going to do.
Trump took his own shot at McConnell with a public statement in which he called the Kentucky Senator “dour and unsmiling”, which ironically was said to make McConnell laugh. Now Trump is said to be “fixated” on replacing McConnell with the help of the Senate Republicans who remained loyal to him even in the face of overwhelming evidence of his guilt.
Even as a court date in Atlanta is looming for Trump and his co-conspirators Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani in the election tampering investigation being conducted by Fulton County DA Fani Willis, Trump is still exerting his role as the de facto leader of the GOP.
NEW — Trump is set to crank up the Save America fundraising operation so he can fight the REAL enemy: Mitch McConnell.https://t.co/sthJRLbBFV
— S.V. Dáte (@svdate) February 19, 2021
Trump had stopped all fundraising efforts for his Save America leadership committee since the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, but a website that will allow him to tap into his lucrative small-donor list will be up and running within days. He retains access to an email and cellphone contact list with over 40 million names that was put together by his campaign and the Republican National Committee. Some GOP consultants believe that a significant fraction of his campaign donors could be persuaded to give him $5 a month, allowing him to take in tens of millions of dollars each year.
This feud between Trump and McConnell is like those fake rap beefs back in the day. They fight in public just before an album drops and they both go platinum. Trump is fundraising off small dollar donors and Mitch is getting back big corporate donors. This is about money.
— QONDI 💛 🐝 🇺🇸🇿🇦🇿🇼 (@WeAreAllOther) February 17, 2021
But other longtime Republican consultants said Trump’s attacks on McConnell and others who criticized him for inciting the January 6th attack may help Trump but would be a nightmare for the party. Without a master plan or real strategy, Trump may find himself floundering for any financial support once any litigation begins to move forward in Georgia.