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Politics McConnell called Trump 'a fading brand' and said 'sucking up' to him 'is not a strategy that works': book

10:00  24 september  2021
10:00  24 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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a man sitting at a table: Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Donald Trump on July 20, 2020. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images © Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with President Donald Trump on July 20, 2020. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called former President Donald Trump a "fading brand."
  • "Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works," he said, according to the new book "Peril."
  • McConnell blamed Trump for lying to Americans about the election and provoking the Capitol riot.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called former President Donald Trump a "fading brand" and insisted that the Republican party is moving away from the former president, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book, "Peril."

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  Trump is actively working to oust McConnell as Senate Republican leader: report McConnell, a deft politician and prodigious fundraiser, has led the Senate GOP caucus since 2007, serving as majority leader from 2015 until 2021. In a recent interview with the Journal, Trump did not reveal if he was searching for a lawmaker to challenge McConnell, but expressed support for new leadership and said that Senate Republicans should remove the Bluegrass State politician from the top post."They ought to," the former president said. "I think he's very bad for the Republican Party."However, McConnell has long possessed a strong grip over the caucus, especially on big votes like the $1.

McConnell called Trump an "OTTB as they say in Kentucky - off-the-track Thoroughbred" during a conversation with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who McConnell dubbed the "Trump whisperer."

"'There is a clear trend moving,' McConnell said, toward a place where the GOP is not dominated by Trump. McConnell added, "Sucking up to Donald Trump is not a strategy that works,'" Woodward and Costa wrote.

McConnell noted that he might face conflict with Trump if the former president endorses Senate candidates that the leader and other Republicans don't support.


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"The only place I can see Trump and me actually at loggerheads would be if he gets behind some clown who clearly can't win," McConnell said. "To have a chance of getting the Senate back, you have to have the most electable candidates possible."

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  Trump Calls McConnell 'Very Bad for the Republican Party' as Feud Intensifies Sen. Lindsey Graham said Mitch McConnell was needed for Trump's legislative achievements, but added that the former president will unlikely stop blasting the Senate Minority Leader. The feud between Trump and McConnell has long been intensifying as it threatens to break the GOP as Republicans try to regain control of Congress next year.In August, Trump branded McConnell as the "most overrated man in politics" after the Senate Minority Leader voted for passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

McConnell publicly blamed Trump for provoking the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, calling the then-president "practically and morally responsible" for the deadly attack.

"The mob was fed lies," McConnell said in a speech from the Senate floor on Jan. 19. "They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government, which they did not like."

But he ultimately did not vote to impeach Trump for inciting the riot.

Since leaving office, Trump has repeatedly attacked McConnell, calling him "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" in one February statement.

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