Former President Trump slammed Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as being mentally incompetent for protecting the filibuster while he was in the White House and Republicans had complete control of the Congress.
Trump informed Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig that McConnell has “no personality” and does not have a good political instinct during his interview published by Vanity Fair, an excerpt from the upcoming, “I Alone Can Fix It”
“He is a dumb person,” Trump said about McConnell. “I don’t believe he is smart enough.”
He criticized McConnell for not abolishing the Senate filibuster — the 60-votes needed to stop minority obstruction and push through laws using a simple majority. He also hit McConnell for not persuading Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.), a moderate Dem, to change parties.
“I attempted to convince McConnell to remove the filibuster, to kill it, so that we would get it all, and he wouldn’t do it,” said Trump.
The former president also was angry about Paul Ryan, the former House Speaker, calling him a “super-RINO” — and said he wished he had partners in Congress like Meade Esposito, an extreme Democratic Party boss from the 1960s and 1980s.
“Nobody would ever speak back to Meade Esposito. Meade Esposito did not have a RINO like a Mitt Romney, you know, or Ben Sasse, who is a lightweight,” said Trump, naming two GOP senators who are known for siding with Democrats.
“McConnell compared to Esposito, it is like comparing a baby to a football player with brains,” he added.
Democrats currently control the U.S. Senate with the minimum majority. VP Kamala Harris has to cast her tie-breaking vote to let the Democrats pass their liberal legislation or approve President Biden’s nominees, and that only happens when the GOP do not make use of the filibuster.
Since Biden got into the White House, Republicans have threatened the filibuster to stop the For the People Act, a change of elections that would undo numerous GOP-backed election security changes at the state level. Republican senators also stopped a bipartisan bill to form a 9/11-style commission to look into January 6.
Author: Scott Dowdy