Trump gives McConnell an ultimatum full of insults on Biden’s agenda

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Trump slammed his former Senate ally as “stupid” and “dumb” and accused him of “incompetence” in a long and tangled statement that jumped from expressing his disgust for Republican votes in a procedural motion related to the cap increase. from debt in October, to Congressional passage of the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill this month, to ongoing Democratic talks on a social spending bill.

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

Now Trump is raising the vitriol level by putting “Broken” into his nickname for the Republican leader.

“McConnell is a fool and he better stop his ‘Communism Dream Bill’ and keep his senators at bay, or he should resign now, something he should have done a long time ago. Using the debt ceiling as it should have been used, old broken crow, doing so would harm our country far less than this horrible bill, “Trump said in a statement issued through his PAC Save America.

It was the latest shot in a series of attacks directed at McConnell since he criticized the former Senate president for his role in inciting the assault on the Capitol on January 6, which resulted in the deaths of several people, including a Capitol police officer. official.

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

“Actually, it’s a great honor,” he joked in July. “Old Crow is Henry Clay’s favorite bourbon.”

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

Trump argued that McConnell should have used the expiration of the debt limit in October to stop Biden’s agenda by refusing to help Democrats extend the nation’s borrowing authority for two months.

The former president hinted that the threat to force the nation into default could have been used to stop the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which was approved by the Senate in August and Biden signed the law into law on Monday.

Nineteen Senate Republicans voted to pass the hard infrastructure bill in the Senate this summer and 13 supported its passage by the House on Nov.5 and now face backlash from Trump allies.

A Trump ally, Representative Dan Bishop (RN.C.), filed a motion to expel the New York representative. John katkoJohn Michael KatkoHouse Will Vote Wednesday To Censor Gosar From Committees Trump Allies Target Katko Over Infrastructure Vote Centrist Republicans Face Increased Attacks From Their Own Party MORE (R) from his position as the highest-ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee due to his vote in favor of the infrastructure bill.

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

Trump in his statement Wednesday raised the possibility that some Republicans end up voting on Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion climate change and social spending bill, even though no Republican senator or House member has hinted that Do it.

He argued that the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure package is setting the stage for a broader social spending plan, the Build Back Better Act.

“All of this was allowed by the incompetence of Mitch McConnell and I now understand that a pair of Republican senators can unite so they can have another even bigger victory for the Democrats, while at the same time ensuring massive inflation and the destruction of our country such as we know it, “Trump said.

But some Republicans, including the senator. Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones Portman The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden praises infrastructure law, talks with China’s Xi Biden signs 1 billion infrastructure bills McConnell will not go to White House signing ceremony for the MÁS infrastructure bill (R-Ohio), a co-author of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, argues that passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill has made it difficult for Democrats to pass their social and climate spending agenda under budget reconciliation. They reason that liberals now have less influence over centrists like the Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Sanders vows to oppose defense bill: ‘We need to set our priorities right’ Chief Energy Information Officer Blames Market for High Fuel Prices Lessons Learned from Failed ‘Housing First’ Bet MORE (DW.Va.) because the most popular items on Biden’s agenda have already passed.

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

He attacked Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure package.

“Mitch McConnell couldn’t stop the first bill, so 19 senators, including himself, joined in. That’s what it does: if you can’t beat them, join them. If I hadn’t been so stupid and didn’t give the two-month extension, I could have stopped everything. Now he and his friends at RINO will allow a much bigger and much worse bill to pass, ruining our country and giving Democrats a huge political boost, all at the same time, ”he said.

McConnell has refused to respond to Trump’s attacks, regularly deflecting them, saying he’s more focused on fighting what he sees as the more extreme elements of Biden’s agenda, like $ 550 billion in new spending to fight climate change. .

He defended his vote in favor of the infrastructure bill on Tuesday noting that “he did not increase taxes, he did not revise the 2017 tax bill.”

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

McConnell declined Tuesday to respond to reports by ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl that he tried to dissuade Trump from Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Capitol Hill in January.

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

And McConnell has his cards close to the vest on how he will play the next expiration of the debt limit, which is projected for Dec. 15.

“We will figure out how to avoid non-compliance, we always do,” he said.

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