continued his smear campaign against Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
on Monday, falsely claiming that the Kentucky
Republican could have kept Trump in office but chose not to.
“Had Mitch McConnell fought for the Presidency like he should have, there would right now be Presidential Vetoes on all of the phased Legislation that he has proven to be incapable of stopping,” the former president said in a statement. “Not to mention, he lost two Senatorial seats in Georgia
, making Republicans the Minority in the Senate. He never fought for the White House
and blew it for t.”
Stardia's request for comment was not immediately responded to by a McConnell spokesperson.
I bet McConnell doesn't respond... Trump, "He lost 2 Senatorial seats in Georgia, making the Republicans
the Minority in the Senate." Wait, who lost who Georgia? I'm old enough to remember $2,000 stimulus checks
. pic.twitter.com/KPIDGHDgxY — Eva McKend (@evamckend) June 28, 2021
Trump is most likely referring to McConnell's refusal to overturn the 2020 election
, which gave Joe Biden
the presidency. Trump's efforts to peddle the lie that the election was fraudulent led to the deadly Jan. 6 insurgency at the U.S. Capitol
carried out by his supporters, who were attempting to prevent Congress
from certifying the Electoral College
Despite blaming Trump for the riot, McConnell voted against convicting the former president for inciting the insurgency during his impeachment trial
and stated in February that he would “absolutely” support Trump in a presidential run in 2024.
In reality, the Senate minority leader and his party have effectively blocked several pieces of important Democratic-led legislation in the Senate by using filibuster
rules, which require 60 votes
to advance bills. For example, Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan bill in May that would have created a commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack
and shut down debate on a sweepi
The For the People Act
was introduced in part because Republicans are proposing and enacting voter suppression
legislation at the state level across the country. GOP
state lawmakers claim the racist
and restrictive bills are intended to make elections
more secure, but that reasoning is based on Trump's lie that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.
Barr, who, like McConnell, has been known for facilitating Trump's agenda, said he allowed the Justice Department
to investigate allegations of voter irregularities in the week following the election and even launched his own unofficial investigation
into Trump's fraud claims, but said the allegations were unfounded.
“My attitude was: it was put up or shut up time,” Barr said in an interview
with ABC News
’ Jonathan Karl published in The Atlantic
on Sunday. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it, but my suspicion all along was that there was nothing there. It was all BS.”
Barr also told The Atlantic that McConnell privately urged him to “inject some reality” into Trump last winter so that Republicans could effectively maintain their Senate majority and win the two runoff elections in Georgia, which ultimately went to Democrats
. McConnell confirmed that account to the magazine, revealing that the then-Senate majority leader was asking the attorney general for po
The interview sparked a rambling statement from the former president, who called Barr and McConnell “spineless RINOs” (Republicans in name only) and said Barr was a “disappointment in every sense of the word.” The statements came as Trump launched a series of rallies while his company is likely to face financial crimes charges.