Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification USA, China eases restrictions for journalists Americans continue to spend MORE ripped into the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellYellen warns that the United States may default shortly after December 15th. Democrats face pressure on Biden’s expense bill. Advocates worry that online misogyny will keep women out of office MORE (R-Ky.) Again on Wednesday, giving the leader an invective-filled ultimatum to stand firm against raising the debt ceiling and holding his conference together against President BidenJoe BidenIdaho State House Adopts Workers’ Vaccine Compensation Act Biden Sends 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Promises to Slowly Pass Biden’s China, Spain’s Ambassador Nominated MOREs expenditure agenda.

Trump blasted his former Senate ally as “stupid” and a “fool” and accused him of “incompetence” in a long, tangled statement that jumped from expressing dissatisfaction with Republican votes on a procedural proposal related to raising the debt limit in October to the adoption by Congress of $ 1.2 trillion in two-part infrastructure bill this month for the ongoing democratic negotiations on a social spending bill.

Trump’s scathing statement comes after several similar attacks in recent days, in which he slammed “Old Crow” McConnell for voting for the hard infrastructure bill along with 18 other Senate Republicans and 13 Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Now, Trump is raising the level of vitriol by slamming “Broken” on his nickname for the GOP leader.

“McConnell is a fool, and he’d better fucking stop their ‘Dream of Communism Bill’ and keep his senators in line, otherwise he would have to step down now, something he should have done a long time ago. Use the debt ceiling as it should have used, your old broken crow, to do so would harm our country far less than this horrible law, ”Trump declared in a statement released through his Save America PAC.

It was the latest shot in a stream of attacks targeting McConnell since he denounced the former Senate president for his role in inciting the storm of Capitol Hill on January 6, resulting in the death of several people, including a Capitol police. officer.

McConnell has shrugged off Trump’s “Old Crow” nickname before, joking that it’s a reference to his favorite historic Senate figure, former Kentucky Senator Henry Clay.

“In fact, it’s something of an honor,” he said in July. “Old Crow is Henry Clay’s favorite bourbon.”

That may be why Trump’s latest statement increased the amount of mockery by adding “Broken” to the moniker, as well as slapping him with other schoolyard insults.

Trump claimed that McConnell should have used the expiration of the debt limit in October to bring Biden’s agenda to a halt by refusing to help Democrats extend the country’s lending authority for two months.

The former president hinted that the threat of forcing the nation into default could have been used to halt the two-party infrastructure bill, which was passed by the Senate in August, and Biden signed the law Monday.

Nineteen Republicans from the Senate voted to pass the bill on hard infrastructure through the Senate this summer, and 13. supported its passage through Parliament on Nov. 5 and now faces a backlash from Trump’s allies.

A Trump ally, rep. Dan Bishop (RN.C.), has filed a motion to start the New York Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHouse votes Wednesday to criticize Gosar, removing him from committee Trump-allied targets Katko over infrastructure poll GOP centrists come under increased attack from own party MORE (R) from his position as the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee because of his vote for the Infrastructure Act.

The other 12 House Republicans who voted for the bill also face consequences.

Trump in his statement on Wednesday raised the prospect that some Republicans could end up voting for Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion climate change and social spending, even though no Republican senator or member of parliament has suggested doing so.

He argued that the adoption of the two-tier infrastructure package sets the stage for the larger social spending plan, the Build Back Better Act.

“It was all allowed by Mitch McConnell’s incompetence, and now I understand that a few Republican senators can come on board so they can have another and even greater victory for the Democrats, while ensuring massive inflation and the destruction of our country, as we know it, Trump said.

But some Republicans, including late. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones Portman The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden pays tribute to infrastructure laws, talks with China’s Xi Biden signs trillions of infrastructure laws McConnell will not go to the White House signing ceremony for infrastructure bill MORE (R-Ohio), a co-author of the two-part infrastructure bill, argues that the adoption of the two-part infrastructure bill has made it harder for Democrats to pass their climate and social spending agenda during budget voting. They justify that liberals now have less influence over centrists like Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSanders promises to oppose defense law: ‘We have to get our priorities right’ Energy Information Manager blames the market for high fuel prices. Experiences from a failed bet on ‘Housing First’ MORE (DW.Va.), because the most popular items on Biden’s agenda have already passed.

Trump, however, insists that holding the country’s credit rating hostage and threatening the federal government’s ability to pay its debts could have brought Biden’s agenda to a halt.

He beat Republicans who voted for the two-part infrastructure package.

“Mitch McConnell could not stop the first bill, so 19 senators, including himself, joined in. That’s what he does – if you can not beat them, then join them. If he was not so stupid and not “gave the two-month extension, he could have stopped it all. Now he and his RINO friends will allow a much bigger and far worse bill to pass, and destroy our country while giving the Democrats a big political boost,” he said.

McConnell has declined to comment on Trump’s attacks, regularly rejecting them, saying he is more focused on fighting what he sees as the most extreme elements on Biden’s agenda, such as $ 550 billion in new spending to fight climate change.

He defended his vote for the Infrastructure Act on Tuesday, noting that it “did not raise taxes, did not revisit the 2017 Tax Act.”

“From Kentucky’s point of view, it was extremely good for our state. I’m proud of my vote,” he said.

McConnell on Tuesday declined to respond to a report by ABC News Chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl that he was trying to exclude Trump from Biden’s inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in January.

“Oh, I’m not going to revisit what happened last year. What we’re talking about now is this administration, what it’s doing in the country. That’s what the American people are focused on, and that’s what Senate Republicans are focused on, ”he said.

And McConnell is keeping his cards close to the West on how he will play the upcoming expiration of the debt limit, which is expected to be Dec. 15.

“We figure out how to avoid default, we always do,” he said.


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