Trump And McConnell Go To War

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday (November 14), former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to lambast Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) following the party’s poor performance in the midterms.

Despite Republicans still expected to win the House majority — though by far smaller margins than initially projected — most of the focus has fallen to the GOP’s failure to obtain a Senate majority.

Many Republicans and conservative talking heads have blamed Trump for the losses in swing states, but Trump thinks McConnell is at fault.

Trump made the intention of his post on Truth Social apparent in his opening line: “It’s Mitch McConnell’s fault.”

The former President pointed to McConnell’s spending on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) campaign to ensure a victory over Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka, admonishing him for spending money on that rather than “Blake Masters and others” campaigns.

Trump claimed McConnell “blew the Midterms,” and because of that, “everyone despises him and his otherwise lovely wife Coco Chow!” a disparaging nickname Trump gave to McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

Naturally, Trump would shift blame to McConnell as the two men have been locked in a bitter feud since the Senate Minority Leader denounced the former President following the January 6 Capitol riot.

Republicans’ hopes of a Senate majority were dashed after Democrats clinched Nevada. If they win in the Georgia runoff, Democrats will have a larger majority than they did in the last Congress.

McConnell hasn’t commented on the midterms since Tuesday, but in the months prior warned Republicans that the race would be close because of “candidate quality,” a blatant jab at Trump’s selection.