Daily US Times: Former President Donald Trump has launched a scathing personal attack on his fellow Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
Mr Trump said: “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”
Mr McConnell, top Republican Senator who led the Senate for years, voted to acquit Mr Trump in his impeachment trial last week.
But he then attacked the former president as “morally responsible” for the US Capitol riot because of his election fraud “lies”.
In a speech on the Senate floor, the Senate minority leader implied Mr Trump should face criminal and civil litigation, because he was “still liable for everything he did while in office”.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump responded with his lengthiest statement since he left office a month ago.
The press release reads: “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm.”
The statement added that Mr McConnell’s “lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality” had cost the Republicans control of the Senate following last November’s elections.
Mr Trump said the Republican leader “begged” for his endorsement in his own Senate race, without which Mr Trump claimed Mr McConnell would have lost.
The former president took aim at Mr McConnell’s stated intentions to stand in the way of future Trump-backed candidates.
He said he would back Republican primary challengers who “espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First”.
Trump said Mr McConnell “will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country.”
“We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.”