(RepublicanInformer.com)- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been a frequent target of former President Donald Trump of late. On Monday, he urged Republicans to find “better” and “stronger leadership” for the party in the U.S. Senate.
Speaking during an interview with Lisa Boothe on a podcast for Fox News Monday, Trump lashed out at McConnell, saying:
“I think we need better leadership than Mitch McConnell and stronger leadership. I mean, he can’t reign in his own people.”
Since his second impeachment trial, Trump has been criticizing Republicans members of Congress who didn’t stand firmly behind him. While McConnell voted against convicting Trump in the Senate trial, he said he only did so due to a technicality, since the former president was no longer in office.
Now, Trump is amping up the attacks on McConnell. He told Boothe that he hasn’t spoken to the Senate’s GOP leader and that he doesn’t “really want to talk to him.”
Trump also warned that McConnell was in real danger in the Senate, with Democrats preparing to do away with the filibuster rule. Currently, that requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass any legislation, instead of a simple majority.
The former president said those who would ultimately have a say in how things going regarding the filibuster aren’t people like McConnell, but instead centrist Democrats like Joe Manchin from West Virginia.
As Trump said of the situation:
“[McConnell]’s hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster. Joe [Manchin] talks but he always ends up going with the Democrats. If they [Democrats} knock it [the filibuster] out, it will be catastrophic for the Republican Party.”
During his interview with Boothe, Trump said while he was in the White House, he urged McConnell to do away with the filibuster. He’s reasoning for doing so was that if the Democrats were to take power of the Senate again, they would be the ones to do it. He explained his thinking to McConnell:
“If they’re going to knock it out, maybe we should and get everything that we want.”
But, McConnell, who was majority leader of the Senate at the time, wouldn’t budge on the issue. He even went as far as insisting to the president that Democrats would never do away with the filibuster.
Trump explained what McConnell told him:
“He said, ‘They’ll never knock it out; it’ll never happen. They’ll never do it; they don’t want to do it.'”
In a way, it seems that Trump feels he was right all along, and that he has been betrayed by some of the Republican leadership since he left office. As a result, he said on the podcast that he plans to be very involved in the 2022 midterm elections, seeking to rid the Republican Party of members of Congress such as Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.
And while he isn’t up for re-election until 2026, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has also drawn Trump’s ire. He said:
“A guy like Ben Sasse, little Ben Sasse, he’s a disaster for the party.”