Mitch McConnell must be seething, especially after the latest polls have released his favorability rating: a grand total of 18 percent. Wonder if McConnell is bright enough to trace the correlation between his rating and his rather open criticism of Trump. Or, more accurately, truthful enough.
After all, who could forget his rather incendiary commentary on Trump, which is awfully ungrateful, considering the stops Trump pulled out for his re-election? Apparently, McConnell thought the following was an appropriate payback to Trump for retaining his seat.
Not only is McConnell highly publicized for effectively calling Trump a criminal after the acquittal, he also blamed Trump for Georgia.
“Georgia was a fiasco … We all know why that occurred.” [Source: Fox News]
“We all?” Speak for yourself, McConnell.
After enough of McConnell’s arguable assault on Trump’s character, Trump himself finally weighed in, and he did not hold back at all when it came to critiquing McConnell.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again … Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First.” [Source: Fox News]
Excellent, Trump. With his grand total of 18% approval (even that seems high), McConnell is not exactly in the best position for endorsing other candidates. If anything, a McConnell endorsement may spell loss for an aspiring candidate.
Furthermore, Trump also highlighted another fact the media curiously avoids, in spite of its general taste of McConnell.
“McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings.” [Source: Fox News]
Bam. And, on his part, McConnell has finally decided to remain silent. Too bad he did not take that approach before.
Lindsey Graham has demonstrated clear concern with the deepening divide between Trump and McConnell. And, like Trump, Graham called the conflict out for exactly what it was.
“They’re now at each other’s throat. I’m more worried about 2022 than I’ve ever been. I don’t want to eat our own.” [Source: Business Insider]
And, just in case it wasn’t clear who Graham really sides with, look no further than the remainder of his commentary regarding Trump.
“We don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump … If you don’t get that, you’re just not looking.”
[Source: Business Insider]
In other words, McConnell, note what Graham didn’t say: The GOP doesn’t have a chance without Trump, but it surely has a chance without McConnell. In fact, McConnell has now hurt the Republican Party.
And Graham made that explicitly clear when he identified McConnell’s views as those of an “outlier,” as well as the fact that McConnell’s words, not Trump’s, are going to cause tremendous damage in the 2022 primaries.
“I think his speech is an outlier regarding how Republicans feel about all this … He got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans … That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”
[Source: USA Today]
One almost wonders if McConnell is attempting to rival Mitt Romney in undermining Trump, because he sure is talking a whole lot more. And, astonishingly, McConnell is arguably more inflammatory than Romney, especially since Romney has long made no secret of his dislike of Trump.
Unlike sneaky McConnell, who is apparently willing to sacrifice the GOP’s chances in 2022 all over a personal vendetta (or personal jealousy). And Lindsey Graham outlined a situation in which exactly that can happen.
“I would imagine if you’re a Republican running in Arizona or Georgia or New Hampshire, where we have a chance to take back the Senate, they may be playing Sen. McConnell’s speech and asking you about it as a candidate,” Graham said. “And I imagine if you’re an incumbent Republican there are going to be people asking you if will you support Sen. McConnell in the future.” [Source: USA Today]
Time will tell how much damage McConnell has done, but voters surely will remember McConnell’s commentary in the future …