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Trump calls McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack' in lengthy statement

Trump calls McConnell an 'unsmiling political hack' in lengthy statement”

But McConnell said that only after he joined other Republicans in voting against the former president's conviction during a Senate impeachment trial that accused Trump of inciting the mob.

As for McConnell, Graham said, "I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican party".

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

In remarks on the Senate floor after the vote Saturday, McConnell said Trump was "practically and morally responsible" for the insurrection.

But if Trump violated criminal laws, the fact that he took those actions while president would not shield him from liability, said Randall Eliason, a law professor at George Washington University and a former federal prosecutor.

Giuliani did not represent Trump in his impeachment trial because the attorney was a "witness" in the case and gave a speech at the pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol attack in which he told the crowd it was time for "trial by combat".

Because of that re-election, McConnell won't face the Republican voters again for another six years, so the threat from the former president will do little to cower the shrewd political veteran, who some political commentators have argued will now work to limit Trump's influence over the party.

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First". Manchin voted to find the former president guilty. In response, Trump released a lengthy, scathing statement about McConnell on Tuesday.

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But he used the blast against Mr McConnell to assert his continuing claim to leadership of the Republican party.

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - McConnell let loose, excoriating Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the U.S. legislature ransacked by his supporters.

"This is a big moment for our country, and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future!" he added. He's laying the groundwork now, and I guarantee you, that will be the litmus test for Trump's support in 2022.

Trump lost presidential immunity when he left office in January, and a "tsunami" of civil and criminal matters targeting his administration, campaign committee, business interests, and his own words await him, now without the protective powers of the presidency.

The lawsuit came two days after Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial.

"His behaviour during and after the chaos was also unconscionable".

Sasse added that he believes there also needs to be better intelligence to filter out people who use heated rhetoric on social media, but are not inclined to act on those comments, from those who would carry out violence.

The lying conman they chose loyalty to cost the Republican Party control of the House, Senate and Presidency, and will continue to as long as they pledge allegiance to the cult leader instead of the United States flag and Constitution.



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