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Politics Trump: McConnell refusal on $2,000 checks cost GOP its Senate majority

22:45  04 march  2021
22:45  04 march  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday over his "refusal" to approve payments to Americans above $600 during coronavirus spending negotiations last year, blaming the now-Senate minority leader for two GOP losses in Georgia that handed Democrats the majority.

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“To set the record straight, there were two reasons the Senate races were lost in Georgia," Trump said in a statement issued Thursday, pointing to "McConnell’s refusal to go above $600 per person on the stimulus check payments when the two Democrat opponents were touting $2,000 per person in ad after ad.”

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“This latter point was used against our [GOP] senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election — and McConnell let them do it!” Trump added.

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Democrats campaigned heavily on a promise to deliver $2,000 stimulus checks if they secured both Senate seats, giving the party control of the chamber with the addition of Vice President Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote.

Then-Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both Republicans, backed Trump's push to increase coronavirus payments to $2,000 one week before their Jan. 6 runoffs, a position that was at odds with most of the party — McConnell included.

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Democrats are working to pass a $1.9 trillion package that includes $1,400 payments, extended unemployment benefits, and aid for vaccine distribution and schools.

Trump's second reason he believes the Georgia races were lost stems from what he called the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "ineffective" television advertising featuring McConnell and credited his own endorsement for McConnell's reelection win.

“Even more stupidly, the [NRSC] spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him," Trump said, reiterating a claim he made in remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday. "He would have lost badly without this endorsement.”

Speaking to reporters this week, McConnell quipped that he wanted "to thank [Trump] for the 15-point margin I had in 2014, as well.” McConnell and Trump have been locked in a war of words since the minority leader suggested the former president should face criminal charges for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, even after voting to acquit Trump. The former commander in chief has been criticizing McConnell ever since as the duo jockeys for influence within and control over the Republican Party.

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Trump also blamed voters' anger and "disappointment" with Georgia's Republican leadership "for failing to stand up to Stacey Abrams" and for "virtually" eliminating a signature requirement, he claimed.

In the weeks after the Nov. 3 election, Trump raised more than $30 million through his leadership committee, urging his supporters in fundraising texts and emails to help the party hold the line in Georgia and contest the presidential results.

Federal filings through the end of the year reviewed last month by the Washington Examiner showed his new group spent nothing toward those goals.

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Trump visited the state several times in the lead-up to the runoffs but was criticized for touting his election fraud claims, which some believed could suppress turnout.

Three days before the runoffs, an hourlong telephone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger leaked in which the then-president asked Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes" to overturn the Georgia presidential race in his favor.

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Original Author: Katherine Doyle

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