During an interview with New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman, Donald Trump called Mitch McConnell a “piece of S—” according to an excerpt from the book.
The excerpt, published by The Atlantic, is a preview of Haberman’s book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” Haberman says, in the excerpt, that she interviewed Trump three times following his failed 2020 presidential campaign.
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Trump’s take on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) underscores the tension in their relationship. Even when Trump was president, there was tension in the relationship between him and McConnell who is arguably the second most powerful republican politician.
After McConnell congratulated President Biden for winning the election in December 2020, the relationship between Trump and McConnell deteriorated even further, especially after the events of January 6.
Trump has given McConnell the nickname “Old Crow” and during the interview with Haberman, Trump said, “The Old Crow’s a piece of s—.” Neither McConnell nor his office has responded.
In recent months, Trump’s rhetoric toward McConnell, and his wife for that matter, has taken an even sharper turn even with Trump hinting at reelection and McConnell showing no signs of forfeiting his political power.
On September 15, Trump called McConnell an “absolute loser” in regards to his negotiations with democrats over a looming government shutdown.
On August 24, Trump called for McConnell to be immediately replaced saying, “He is a pawn for the Democrats to get whatever they want. He is afraid of them, and will not do what has to be done. A new Republican Leader in the Senate should be picked immediately!”
Just two days before that, a Vanity Fair article came out quoting Trump’s social media account as saying, “Why do Republicans [sic] Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate. This is such an affront to honor and to leadership. He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!”
McConnell, again, has not commented as he tries to stay away from the fray.