The former president continues to criticize Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the party considers its prospects for the 2022 election.
Former President Donald Trump continued his attack on U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, saying Republicans would do well to find a new leader if they hope to take over the Senate in 2022.
Trump launched the latest salvo on Fox Business Network, when his interviewer asked about the upcoming midterm election battle for control of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell didn’t do a great job. I think they should change Mitch McConnell, ”the former president said, according to the Reuters news service.
American Republicans have bursts on the former president’s future political role following the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill and Trump’s second impeachment by the House of Representatives. The former president remains popular among Republican voters and local activists.
Asked about Trump’s comments, McConnell told Fox News Channel, “We are looking to the future, not the past.”
The Kentucky Republican has led his unopposed Senate caucus since 2007.
Bad blood between Trump and McConnell could complicate matters for Republicans as they attempt to reclaim a majority in the Senate, with voters and lawmakers split between Trump Loyalists and the traditional festival.
Democrats took control of the Senate in January by winning two seats in Georgia, after Trump stirred up divisions by pushing the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him and attacking Republican state officials for not having canceled the results.
The 100-seat Senate is currently split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris wielding the deciding vote. But Democrats are well aware that the party that controls the White House historically loses seats in Congress in the first election of a presidency.
McConnell drew Trump’s ire by acknowledging that President Joe Biden won and blaming Trump for the deadly Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill after the Senate acquitted the former president on incitement to insurgency.
Less than a month ago, Trump called McConnell a “son of a bitch” at a dinner for Republican National Committee donors at his club in Mar-a-Lago, according to an attendee.
After playing around with the idea of forming a new party, Trump announced at a conservative conference dominated by his supporters he would seek to unite the Republicans.
House Republicans, who have a good chance of taking over the House next year, held a strategic retreat in Orlando, Florida earlier this week. Trump was not invited to speak, prompting questions from Republican leaders by reporters.
“Right now the Republican Party is led by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House,” said Representative Liz Cheney, who argued the party had to leave the Trump era.
“We’re going to focus a lot on the substance and the issues and this is where we have to re-attract the voters that we lost in 2020, that in fact, we are the party they can trust. We are the party of competence and conservative principles.