“We have to put up with him for a while, but eventually he will go”

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell over the past 18 months.Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Joe Maiorana/AP Photo

  • Trump has escalated his feud with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

  • He claimed the Republican Party was “furious” with McConnell.

  • Trump said the party should “do something” about McConnell, who he called “bad news.”

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday once again criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

During an appearance in the conservative medial canal Real America’s VoiceTrump was asked to respond to McConnell’s hint in August that the GOP might not win the Senate because of the quality of candidates Trump is backing.

“He’s so negative for the party,” Trump said, adding that he was “embarrassed” by McConnell.

“I was going to run somebody against him in the primary. But, who knew he was that bad? And I was never a big fan, but he turned out to be bad,” the former president said.

Trump again hinted at the idea that he wanted to replace McConnell as Senate GOP leader.

“He’s not good, and we’re going to pass him and then we’re going to have to do something, later we’re going to have to do something with him,” Trump said.

“The party is furious with him. We have to put up with him for a period of time, but eventually, he’s going to go,” Trump added. “It’s bad news.”

A spokesman for Trump’s post-presidential press office and representatives for McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Trump’s comments came the same day Sen. Rick Scott of Florida revived his ongoing rivalry with McConnell over criticism of the GOP’s “quality of candidate.”

Scott said he had a “strategic disagreement” with McConnell during an interview with Politico published Thursday. Scott also wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner that the idea of ​​Republican Party candidates “talking trash” was “an amazing act of cowardice” and “treasonous to the conservative cause.”

Trump also rebuked McConnell for questioning the quality of the GOP candidates he supports, calling him a “pawn for the Democrats” and calling for his replacement as GOP leader.

The origins of the McConnell-Trump feud date back to February 2021, when McConnell berated Trump for his “disgraceful dereliction of duty” during the Capitol Hill riot. Since then, Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell.

In November, Trump criticized McConnell and other Republicans who supported President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, calling them “RINOs,” an acronym for Republicans in Name Only. Trump has also called McConnell an “Old Crow” on multiple occasions and accused him of “jeopardizing” the re-election chances of other Republican senators.

In February, McConnell dismissed rumors that Trump could succeed in an attempt to unseat him as majority leader if the GOP takes the Senate in November’s midterm elections. The comments came after Trump called McConnell a “loser” for defending Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who had disputed Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.

Last month, Trump also called McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, “crazy” and a “cuckoo” in several posts on Truth Social. McConnell, however, did not respond to Trump’s insult, saying he had “no” response to the criticism.

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