Former President Donald Trump flexed his political muscle this week, kicking off his very clear involvement in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections by offering his opinion on the current state of Republican party leadership.
According to Breitbart, during a Monday podcast interview with Fox News host Lisa Boothe, Trump first took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, warning listeners that the Kentucky Republican was quickly losing what little control he has in the upper chamber, especially with Democrats closing in on the idea of ending the Senate filibuster rule.
“I think we need better leadership than Mitch McConnell and stronger leadership,” Trump said, taking a jab at McConnell. “I mean he can’t reign in his own people.”
Trump indicated that not only had he not spoken with McConnell since leaving the White House, but added that he had no desire to do so.
The two pivoted to the topic of recent news that support from within the ranks of the Democratic party is swelling with regard to scrapping the filibuster rule, which is the only level of protection Republicans currently have against an onslaught of easily-passed, progressive legislative pieces. Trump then slammed McConnell for letting the situation get to where it currently is.
“He’s hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster,” Trump said of McConnell, adding that he once suggested to McConnell while Republicans were in power that they should have ended the filibuster rule then, only for McConnell to say that Republicans wouldn’t do that because there was no way that Democrats would ever do it.
“He said, ‘They’ll never knock it out; it’ll never happen. They’ll never do it; they don’t want to do it,'” Trump said, recalling his conversation with the then-Senate Majority Leader.
Trump and McConnell had a very public falling out in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, as the Senate Republican leader repeatedly trashed the former president and suggested his rhetoric and actions were partially responsible for the tragic events that unfolded on that day in Washington D.C.
Only time will reveal whether or not Trump and McConnell will ever end up on the same page, but as the two become further divided within the ranks of the GOP, it doesn’t look like that’ll ever realistically happen.