Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell on Friday evening after the Kentucky Republican declined to take Trump’s recommendation to make use of the federal debt ceiling as leverage in opposition to President Biden’s social spending plans.
McConnell as an alternative brokered a bipartisan compromise the place Republican senators would get out of the best way and permit Democrats to raise the debt ceiling with a naked majority to avert a federal default round Dec. 15.
“Mitch McConnell, the Damaged Previous Crow, has simply conceded, for completely nothing and for no purpose, the highly effective Debt Ceiling negotiating block, which was the Republicans’ first-class ticket for victory over the Democrats,” Trump stated in an emailed assertion.
“He was afraid to play that card despite the fact that, with out query, they might have utterly FOLDED on the Construct Again Worse Invoice, which can destroy the material of our Nation and nearly anything that the Republicans needed.”
Though they labored intently collectively for 4 years, Trump has attacked McConnell repeatedly because the conclusion of his second impeachment trial for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which disrupted certification of Biden’s victory within the Electoral School.
McConnell stoked Trump’s rage by voting to acquit him earlier than delivering a scorching speech through which he stated, “The individuals who stormed this constructing believed they had been performing on the desires and directions of their president and having that perception was a foreseeable consequence of the rising crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole, which the defeated president saved shouting into the most important megaphone on planet Earth.”
Trump not too long ago adopted the nickname “Damaged Previous Crow” for McConnell.
McConnell allowed Democrats to boost the debt ceiling by a naked majority within the evenly divided Senate — however just one time — as a technique to enable Republicans to keep away from the ache of accelerating the nationwide debt once they oppose Biden’s insurance policies.
Congress has at all times voted to extend the debt ceiling as a result of a US default would unleash financial turmoil. However Trump and allies argued that Republicans may gradual the trail ahead for Biden’s $2.2 trillion social and environmental spending invoice, which might price about $4.5 trillion if its applications are prolonged over 10 years.
The qualms of centrist Democrats citing excessive inflation, together with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.), already slowed Biden’s ambitious legislation.
“The Previous Crow additionally allowed a breaking apart of the filibuster, which permits the Democrats now to determine precedent for altering the variety of Justices on the Supreme Courtroom and, maybe most significantly of all, a so-called Voting Rights Invoice, which can make it virtually unimaginable for Republicans to get elected sooner or later,” Trump claimed.
Trump added: “Aside from fundraising, the place he buys senatorial assist, the Damaged Previous Crow is a loser, and really unhealthy for the Republican Social gathering!”
A spokesman for McConnell didn’t instantly reply to The Submit’s request for remark.