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[WATCH] GOP Infighting Intensifying As Senators Turn On Mitch McConnell

Donald Trump made several disparaging comments about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at his Iowa rally on Saturday night, echoing sentiments expressed by Republican senators who are also unhappy and sniping at the way the longtime GOP leader’s been guiding the caucus.

Trump slammed not only McConnell, but the 11 Republicans that voted to advance the bill that would suspend the debt ceiling until December. He’s not the only Republican leader to have criticized McConnell, as some conservatives in the Senate also criticized him for blinking. Senators Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have all spoken out against McConnell, Cruz most notably with an odd comparison to the game of Chicken.

 

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on February 16, 2021 shows
US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, October 27, 2020 and
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 5, 2020. – Donald Trump urged Republican senators February 16, 2021 to dump Mitch McConnell as their leader in the Senate following his withering criticism of the former US president after his impeachment trial. (Photos by SAUL LOEB and Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB,MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

 

McConnell proposed a debt ceiling deal that initiated negotiations with Democrats, with the Senate voting 50-48 last week to extend the debt limit through early December. Eleven Senate Republicans, including McConnell, broke ranks to vote with all Democrats to overcome a filibuster so the measure could move forward. This was red meat Trump could throw to the crowd. “To think we had 11 Republicans go along with an extension. Headed up by Mitch McConnell, can you believe that?” Trump said about the debt ceiling deal. “And you know what it  does? It gives the Democrats more time, two months, gives them more time to figure it out. They can now have two more months to figure it out how to screw us, OK.”

Trump is also mad that McConnell didn’t align with him and his other loyalists in Congress to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. “Mitch McConnell should have challenged that election, because even back then we had plenty of material to challenge that election. He should have challenged the election,” Trump bellowed. “He’s only a leader because he raises a lot of money and he gives it to senators, that’s the only thing he’s got. That’s his only form of leadership.”

McConnell has blasted Trump’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud, for which there is no evidence in the 2020 presidential election.

 

CNN’s “New Day” devoted a segment to the latest GOP Implosion. Watch the panel discussion, below.



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