Trump rips McConnell in lengthy statement after being acquitted in impeachment trial

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was silent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning after former President Donald Trump lit into him in a lengthy statement calling on Republican senators to abandon McConnell and threatening primary challenges to incumbents.

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said Tuesday. “Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First.”

Trump also attacked McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was Trump’s transportation secretary but resigned after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. He said, “McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings.”

And the former president accused McConnell of being responsible for the GOP Senate runoff losses in Georgia because he would not support Trump’s ask for $2,000 stimulus checks.

This contradicts McConnell, who has made clear he blames Trump’s false claims that he won the presidential election and false accusations of widespread election fraud for depressing GOP voter turnout.

“Georgia was a fiasco,” McConnell told the Wall Street Journal in a story that ran Tuesday. “We all know why that occurred.”

But McConnell has not said anything since the Tuesday afternoon statement from Trump was released. His office did not return a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday. This follows what was a multiday media tour in which the minority leader was justifying Republicans’ votes to acquit Trump of the impeachment charge that he incited an insurrection at the Capitol while making clear his opinion that Trump bears fundamental responsibility for the attack.

“Jan. 6 was a shameful day. A mob bloodied law enforcement and besieged the first branch of government. American citizens tried to use terrorism to stop a democratic proceeding they disliked,” McConnell wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday.

“There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone,” he continued. “His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended.”

A source close to the former president told Fox News that the statement from Trump was meant to…

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