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Trump: McConnell 'Does Not Speak for the Republican Party'

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Donald Trump, left, and Mitch McConnell. (Saul Laub and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 February 2022 01:36 PM EST

Former President Donald Trump directed more vitriol at Mitch McConnell on Wednesday after the Senate minority leader criticized the Republican National Committee for censuring two anti-Trump party members.

McConnell on Tuesday again condemned the Jan. 6, 2021 attack at the Capitol, and criticized the RNC for its censure of Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. — two anti-Trump politicians on the Jan. 6 select committee.

"Mitch McConnell does not speak for the Republican Party, and does not represent the views of the vast majority of its voters," Trump said in a statement released by his Save America joint fundraising committee.

"He did nothing to fight for his constituents and stop the most fraudulent election in American history. And he does nothing to stop the lawless Biden Administration, the invasion of our Borders, rising Inflation, Unconstitutional mandates, the persecution of political opponents, fact finding on the incompentent (sic) Afghanistan withdrawal, the giving away our energy independence, etc., which is all because of the fraudulent election. Instead, he bails out the Radical Left and the RINOs."

Much of Trump's animosity toward McConnell derives from the leader congratulating President Joe Biden on winning the 2020 election — a victory Trump claims occured because of voter fraud in several key swing states — and blaming the former president for "provoking" demonstrators who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"If Mitch would have fought for the election, like the Democrats would have if in the same position," Trump said in his latest statement, "we would not be discussing any of the above today, and our Country would be STRONG and PROUD instead of weak and embarrassed."

Unlike in recent attacks on McConnell, Trump refrained from using the "Old Crow" moniker in regard to the leader.

McConnell on Tuesday night made light of the fact that Trump referred to him as the "Old Crow."

"It's my favorite bourbon," McConnell, referring to a Kentucky spirit of the same name, told the Washington Examiner.

McConnell has said he's focused on ensuring that the GOP regains control of the Senate in November — not on Trump's verbal assaults.

"As a political matter, as a strategic matter, it makes little sense to go down this rabbit hole … He's far too disciplined to allow himself to be distracted,” former McConnell campaign adviser Scott Jennings told The Hill.

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Former President Donald Trump directed more vitriol at Mitch McConnell on Wednesday after the Senate minority leader criticized the Republican National Committee for censuring two anti-Trump party members.
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