- Trump called McConnell “gutless” and a “stupid fucker” for not helping him overturn the election.
- He also told The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway that McConnell is a “disgrace” to the Republican Party.
- “The problem with the Republicans is they don’t know who to fight,” Trump told Hemingway.
Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an interview with The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, calling McConnell “gutless” and a “stupid fucker.”
Hemingway conducted a series of interviews with Trump for her forthcoming book. The first interview took place on February 25, the same day McConnell told Fox News’ Bret Baier that he would “absolutely” support Trump if he ran for president again, despite blaming Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection.
But Trump was still furious with the Kentucky Republican for “how he’d mismanaged the Trump era,” Hemingway wrote in The Federalist. Trump then called McConnell a “stupid fucker,” she wrote.
His anger hadn’t simmered even a few months later, Hemingway wrote. During another interview in May, the former president called McConnell a “disgrace to the Republican Party.”
“He’s gutless,” Trump added, according to Hemingway. “He should have fought for us on the rigged election. Can you imagine [Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer] saying, ‘We have to declare Trump the winner to get the country going’? The problem with the Republicans is they don’t know who to fight.”
Spokespeople for Trump and McConnell did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
It’s one of several times since the election that Trump has excoriated the Senate minority leader. Earlier this week, he accused McConnell of “folding” to Democrats in a deal to temporarily raise the debt ceiling to prevent the US from defaulting on its national debt.
Relations between the two men increasingly soured in the last year of Trump’s presidency and after the 2020 presidential race. According to The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, McConnell was growing more and more frustrated with Trump’s singular focus on winning the election for himself, but tried to maintain professional ties to secure Trump’s help with winning two double barrel Senate runoffs in Georgia last January.
Democrats ended up picking up both seats, giving them a bare majority in the upper chamber, and the next day, a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a failed effort to overturn the election results.
After Congress impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection related to the siege, McConnell said he was “practically and morally responsible” for the attack but stopped short of convicting him following a Senate trial, saying that it was impossible to remove Trump since he was already out of office.
McConnell also dubbed Trump an “OTTB as they say in Kentucky — off-the-track Thoroughbred,” according to Woodward and Costa’s book “Peril,” and added that “sucking up” to him is “not a strategy that works.”