Resounding divorce among Republicans. Donald Trump on Tuesday declared open war on the leader of the Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell who accuses him of being “Responsible” of the murderous assault on the Capitol. The attack is final.
Hitherto very discreet since his departure from the White House, the 45th President of the United States has cracked a rare statement, scathing, to mark the rupture. “Mitch is a sullen, sullen politician who never smiles and if Republican Senators stay with him they won’t win anymore”, wrote the ex-president, who presents himself as the best asset for his party to regain control of Congress in 2022. And does not rule out standing for re-election in 2024.
Four years hand in hand
More than 200 conservative justices appointed by the Senate, including three to the Supreme Court, or tax reform, Donald Trump’s rare legislative success: the billionaire has yet worked hand in hand with the senator from Kentucky, a skilled strategist, for four years.
“The Republican Party can never be respected or strong again with political ‘leaders’ like Mitch McConnell at the helm”, insisted the real estate mogul. And to blame the senator for the shock loss of the majority in the upper house in January.
For other Republican officials, on the contrary, it was he who undermined the participation of his voters during two crucial senatorials in early January, by denouncing for months, without providing any evidence, “Massive fraud” election for the presidential election.
It was the day after these senatorials, on January 6, that thousands of pro-Trump demonstrators gathered in Washington, when Congress was to officially certify the victory of his rival Joe Biden.
Popular in his camp
Accused by the Democrats of“Incitement to insurgency”Donald Trump was tried last week in the Senate for these facts in a historic trial. On Saturday, senators were a majority – 57 out of 100 – to vote for his conviction. Including, unprecedentedly, seven Republicans. But it would have taken two-thirds of the upper house (67 votes) to reach a guilty verdict.
In the House, ten Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of his impeachment. All have since suffered fierce reactions in their party, and sometimes even within their families. Because Donald Trump remains immensely popular in his camp: three quarters of Republican voters want him to continue playing “A leading role” in the party, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Monday.
“Happy during the chaos”
Mitch McConnell, lui, voted for acquittal, because he considered that the upper house was not competent to judge a former president. But in the process, he declared Donald Trump “Responsible” of the assault.
The rioters acted like this “Because the most powerful man on the planet had fed them with lies”, he had struck in the hemicycle, hammering that “Only President Trump” could have stopped the crowd. And to let go, indignant: “Instead, he watched TV, happy … Happy in the chaos”.
Then he was careful to point out that, once again “Ordinary citizen”, the businessman could be sued: “He hasn’t escaped anything yet”.
And no question of giving him his hand in the next elections, said Mitch McConnell, assuring that it is he who would weigh on the choice of Republican candidates. “Some may be people the ex-president likes. Others may not. The only thing that matters to me is that they can win ”, he told Politico.
Do a clean sweep of the Trump era or swear loyalty to the billionaire to win? Since January 6, the knives have been drawn to the Republican party.