The Breitbart News reported on March 23 that Trump criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in an interview released Monday, urging Republicans to find better leadership.
Trump said, “I think we need better, and stronger leadership than McConnell, and I mean, McConnell can’t handle his own people.”
The former president spoke about McConnell during a podcast interview with Fox News host Lisa Boothe. When Ms. Booth asked Trump if he had talked to McConnell, Trump replied, “No, I really don’t want to talk to him.”
Trump warned that McConnell is in danger because Democrats are preparing to end the filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to advance legislation in the Senate.
Trump said, “On the filibuster, McConnell is in danger,” and that senators like Democrat Joe Manchin will end up siding with those who want to end the filibuster, despite their vocal promises to defend it.
According to Trump, “Manchin does talk a good game, but in the end he’s always with the Democrats.” Trump added, “It would be disastrous for the Republican Party to scrap the filibuster.”
Trump recalled that when he was president, he urged McConnell to abolish the filibuster rule. Trump suggested at the Time that if the Democrats ever took power, they would abolish the filibuster. He said to McConnell at the time, “If they’re going to get rid of the filibuster, maybe we should do it now and get everything we want.”
Trump recalled that McConnell disagreed at the time, and McConnell assured Trump that Democrats would never end the filibuster rule.
Trump said McConnell said at the time, ‘The Democrats will never get rid of the filibuster, never. They’ll never do it; they don’t want to do it. “McConnell must now acknowledge that Trump was right.
The former president said he will be heavily involved in the 2022 midterm elections, but warned Republicans that he would likely not support a senator like Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who faces re-election in Alaska. Trump said, “Not Murkowski.”
Ms. Murkowski, who has long been black on Trump, lashing out at President Trump, caving in to the left and often siding with Democrats, was one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment case and the only one of those seven to run for re-election in 2022.
Trump also chastised Sen. Ben Sasse (R-N.Y.), even though his term will last until 2026. According to Trump, “Guys like Sasse are a disaster for the Republican Party, too.” Sasse was the first Republican senator to publicly support efforts to remove Trump from office in 2021 and one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump.
Trump recalled that Sasse was “incredibly nice” to him for two years in order to get his support, and turned against him almost immediately after he was elected. Trump said, “What happened? He got the nomination and after that he became flaky, loser material.”
But Trump said he could support Republican candidates even if they were “a little disrespectful” to him, as long as they voted on the right line.
Trump believes that Democrats are destroying the country on issues such as the Second Amendment, voting security, border security and energy policy. And he declared, “We’re going to have to fight like hell against these people, who are very bad people in every way.”
Trump expressed optimism about the future of the Republican Party and its ability to win back power in the upcoming elections. Trump concluded, “I think we’re going to do very well in 2022, and I think we’re going to do very well in 2024.”