'Mitch McConnell’s fault': Trump blames GOP Senate leader for Republican losses

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Donald Trump raged against Mitch McConnell on Sunday, blaming him for the Republican Party’s lacklustre performance in the midterms. While Republicans are still likely to flip the House of Representatives, it’s still a tight race and the Senate will remain blue.

“It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault. Spending money to defeat great Republican candidates instead of backing Blake Masters and others was a big mistake. Giving four Trillion Dollars to the Radical Left for the Green New Deal, not Infrastructure, was an even bigger mistake,” Trump raged on his social media platform Truth Social.

The former President also took a swipe at McConnell’s wife, Elain Chao, who was Transportation Secretary under Trump.

He added: “He blew the Midterms, and everyone despises him and his otherwise lovely wife, Coco Chow!”

Previously, Mitch McConnell had cast doubt that Republicans would take the Senate, citing “candidate quality” as a major factor determining the outcome of Senate races.

While he didn’t name names, it’s likely the top-GOP politician was referring to many Trump-backed candidates who denied the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential elections.

Trump also linked to an article by the conservative outlet The Federalist, which argued that McConnell should be ousted over the GOP’s midterm performance.

He said: “Agree with this 100%! Mitch McConnell is a disaster for the Republican Party and the Country.

“He should have improved Infrastructure to fix it, not the Green New Deal, wrapped up like Infrastructure. He gave the Democrats four Trillion Dollars to throw out the window, and backed bad candidates like Lisa Murkowski,” he added.

Lisa Murkowski (R), the Alaskan Senator who is currently trailing Trump-backed Republican candidate Kelly Tshibaka, voted to convict the former president during his second impeachment trial over the January 6 Capitol riots.

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The outcome of the Alaska race won’t have an effect on the partisan makeup of the Senate, considering both candidates are Republicans (the Democratic candidate currently has less than 10 percent of the vote).

The feud between the two Republican heavyweights could signal a larger split within the party.

GOP strategists have bemoaned Trump’s involvement, however many politicians have remained silent, or at least anonymous, over the former president’s involvement in Republican politics.

Journalist Jacqui Heinrich cited a GOP source as saying: “If it wasn’t clear before it should be now. We have a Trump problem.”

Others pointed to Ron DeSantis as the obvious pick for a 2024 run after he flipped Democratic districts in the Florida gubernatorial race and won over a huge percentage of Hispanic voters.

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Trump’s former Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who now works for Fox News, questioned whether the former President should make a 2024 bid.

She said: “I think we’ve got to make strategic calculations. Governor DeSantis, I think he should be welcomed to the state, given what happened last night. You’ve got to look at the realities on the ground.”

However, others vocally backed the former President. Elise Stefanik, the third-ranked Republican in the House called him “the very clear leader of the Republican Party”.

She said: “I am proud to endorse my friend Donald J. Trump for President in 2024.

“President Trump has always put America First, and I look forward to supporting him so we can save America.”

Time will tell whether Donald Trump can unite the party behind him or whether he will face primary challengers when he makes his all but guaranteed 2024 candidacy announcement.



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