Former President Donald Trump recently expressed anger toward the 18 senators who voted for the highly-criticized $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill. In fact, Trump called on his supporters to primary these senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who he believes is the source of the problem for conservatives in the Senate.
As of today, the bill has been signed by President Biden. It includes additional funding for Ukraine, as well as partisan political projects for certain politicians, such as Nancy Pelosi and Patrick Leahy.
One should never doubt the influence Trump holds over the Republican Party.
Accordingly, it is likely that these 18 senators will face serious challenges when their respective election dates arrive.
Newly elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed his gratitude for President Trump, thanking him for supporting his bid for House speaker. “He was with me all the way,” he said. After congratulating McCarthy on Truth Social for becoming speaker, Trump expressed his thoughts on McConnell and the need to stop him and Republicans in the senate from doing further damage to the country.
BizPac Review recently reported: “Great Job Kevin! We must now stop Mitch McConnell and his China flagrant boss, Coco Chow. Something is wrong with McConnell, and those Republican Senators that vote with him. PRIMARY THEM ALL!!!” It’s not just Trump who is disappointed with the Republican support this disastrous bill has received; the conservative base is also furious.
The 18 GOP senators include:
• Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)
• John Boozman (R-AR)
• Shelley Capito (R-WV)
• Susan Collins (R-ME)
• John Cornyn (R-TX)
• Tom Cotton (R-AR)
• Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
• Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
• Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
• Jerry Moran (R-KS)
• Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
• Rob Portman (R-OH)
• Mitt Romney (R-UT)
• Mike Rounds (R-SD)
• Richard Shelby (R-AL)
• John Thune (R-SD)
• Roger Wicker (R-MS)
• Roy Blunt (R-MO)
THANK YOU President Trump for your historic leadership! Congress will now finally have to get serious about SPENDING & DEBT, and the House won’t be able to betray conservatives the way Senate Rs did on $1.7 trillion “omnibus” bill! pic.twitter.com/aMDSD2c0mM
— Mary Miller (@Miller_Congress) January 6, 2023
As reported by BizPac Review, these 18 senators account for an assiduous 36% of the Senate. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Richard Shelby (R-AL) have publicly announced their intent to retire. However, the political careers of the remaining 16 senators remain in jeopardy.
Given the political climate, It is possible that McConnell’s days in the Senate are numbered — especially when considering his low approval rating.