Donald Trump lashes out at Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in lengthy statement

16 February 2021, 23:34 | Updated: 16 February 2021, 23:37

Donald Trump issued a personal attack on Mitch McConnell
Donald Trump issued a personal attack on Mitch McConnell. Picture: PA

By Megan White

Former President Donald Trump has lashed out at Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in a lengthy statement, branding him "dour and sullen" and claiming he has a "lack of political insight."

Mr Trump branded Mr McConnell "one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States" during the tirade, which was issued via his Save America PAC.

The former President took aim at the Senator in the personal attack after he said the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for the January 6 Capitol riots, despite acquitting him during his impeachment trial.

"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office, as an ordinary citizen, unless the statute of limitations has run," Mr McConnell said after that vote.

The Republican Senate leader also contended Mr Trump could not be convicted because he was gone from the White House.

In the scathing statement on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm.

"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."

Mr Trump continued: "Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.

"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."

He ended the statement by adding: "This is a big moment for our country, and we cannot let it pass by using third rate 'leaders' to dictate our future!"

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A-level pupils are being warned grades will take a hit this year with thousands set to lose their university place

A-level students warned thousands will lose their university place on results day as grades set to take a hit

Sir Keir Starmer has set out Labour's £29 billion emergency cost of living plan

'Consumers won't pay a penny more': Keir Starmer reveals Labour's £29 billion emergency cost of living plan

A man died early Sunday near the US Capitol building after driving his car into a barricade and firing shots into the air before turning his gun on himself, police said

Man dies after crashing vehicle into US Capitol and opening fire before shooting himself

Schools across the country are holding 'crisis meetings' to consider three-day working weeks amid soaring costs

Schools hold 'crisis talks' to consider three-day weeks as teacher salaries and soaring energy bills cripple budgets

The Met Office have issued weather warnings for thunderstorms across the UK

End of Britain's bake off: Flash flood warnings in place as thunderstorms set to batter UK with torrential rain and hail

Ricardo Dos Santos slams Met after seven armed officer used for stop and search

'He was ready to smash the glass': Ricardo Dos Santos slams Met after 7 armed officers used during stop and search

The youngster was attacked by the Bull Mastiff-type animal (stock picture) in Liverpool.

Boy, 4, suffers life-changing injuries as he's mauled by dog in horrific attack 'at friend's house'

The woman was restrained on a Jet2 flight from Cyprus to Manchester.

Woman 'who stripped to underwear and tried to storm Jet2 cockpit' is restrained by hero dad

Eight people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a bus stop in Jerusalem.

Gunman opens fire at bus stop in Jerusalem wounding eight people

Food campaigner Jack Monroe spoke with Ben Kentish on LBC.

Jack Monroe hits out at 'tone deaf' Govt and slams energy companies for 'playing us for fools'

Police were called to the incident in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.

Mum and two kids left 'covered in blood' in brutal dog attack as cops arrest owner

Jerry Sadowitz had his second show cancelled by Edinburgh Fringe.

Comedian Jerry Sadowitz's Edinburgh Fringe show axed by venue bosses for 'unacceptable material'

Salman Rushdie has been taken off his ventilator after he was stabbed on stage in New York.

Salman Rushdie's injuries 'severe' but condition 'heading in right direction' after horror New York stabbing

Rishi Sunak has warned the stabbing of Salman Rushdie should act as a "a wake-up call for the West"

Salman Rushdie stabbing should be a 'wake up call for the West' says Sunak, as he calls for sanctions on Iran

A dog show has come under fire for going ahead in the blistering 35C heat

Dog show slammed for going ahead during 35C heatwave despite RSPCA health warning

Plaid Cymru leader calls for MP Jonathan Edwards to resign after assaulting wife

Plaid Cymru leader calls for MP to 'resign immediately' after receiving police caution for assaulting wife