Since Donald Trump exited the White House for the final time back on January 20, the Republican Party has floundered. The reason for the ever-growing chasm within the rock of the Republican Party is Trump.
Despite the fact that he has no political power or position he still remains the de facto leader of the party. Because Trump continues to drop hints that he will run for president again in 2024, Trump has had lasting power within the GOP.
However, there are Republican leaders who at one point swore their allegiance to Trump. Since Trump left office, McConnell has reversed his stance on the former president. McConnell now states that Trump should not be allowed anywhere near the White House.
McConnell had been a loyal supporter of Trump, but following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, McConnell withdrew his support and stated that Trump was “morally responsible for” for the deadly riot.
During a recent speech to donors at Mar-a-Lago Trump referred to Trump as a “stone-cold loser” and a “dumb son of a b**ch.”
Trump “aired stale, false grievances about election fraud” in a statement blasting both the justices of the Supreme Court and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to side with him in his bid to reject the electoral votes that elected Joe Biden to the presidency.
Trump released a statement through the Save America PAC, saying that the high court would “get what they deserve,” for throwing out a long-shot Texas lawsuit aimed at throwing out the results in four battleground states:
“Our politically correct Supreme Court will get what they deserve—an unconstitutionally elected group of Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country. With leaders like Mitch McConnell, they are helpless to fight. He didn’t fight for the Presidency, and he won’t fight for the Court. If and when this happens, I hope the Justices remember the day they didn’t have the courage to do what they should have done for America.”
When asked about it later, McConnell responded with perhaps the most cutting retort of all: He ignored Trump.
When McConnell was asked about his standing and views on Trump this week, he stated that “what I’m concentrating on is the future. That’s what I’m concentrating on.”
McConnell is attempting to position Republicans as the opposition to President Joe Biden’s agenda, but it has become clear that while he is the leader of the Senate, Trump remains, at least for now, the leader of the GOP.
“Is it ideal? I don’t know. But is it sustainable? Sure,” said Scott Jennings, a GOP strategist, and McConnell confidant. “It’s easy to see how they both could frankly be successful in their individual goals without ever speaking another word to each other.”
Jennings went on to state that McConnell and Trump aren’t jockeying for power as much as bringing their complementary skills to the campaigns ahead. Trump can rev up his base of supporters with rally speeches and McConnell can assemble the campaign strategies and candidates to regain control of the Senate.
“One of them is in party-building mode, which is McConnell, and the other one is in ax-grinding mode,” he said.
“They don’t have to be golfing buddies,” he added.
Sen Richard Shelby said he wished Trump and McConnell would “put their differences aside. Republicans fighting Republicans benefits who? The Democrats.”
“I wish he’d stay out of all the Senate races, but he’s not,” Shelby said about Trump.
“He’s got a lot of energy, he’s got a dedicated following. I don’t think he’s looking for retirement.”