Former President Donald Trump called for Republicans to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others with his voting record in primary races.
Trump made the call in his latest attack against McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao, with accusations McConnell caters to his Democratic colleagues.
“We must now stop Mitch McConnell and his China flagrant boss, Coco Chow [Chao],” he wrote in a Truth Social post Monday. “It’s as though he just doesn’t care anymore, he pushes through anything the Democrats want. The $1.7 TRILLION quickly approved Bill of the week before was HORRIBLE. Zero for USA Border Security. If he waited just ten days, the now ‘United Republican Congress’ could have made it MUCH BETTER, or KILLED IT. Something is wrong with McConnell, and those Republican Senators that Vote with him. PRIMARY THEM ALL!”
Tension between McConnell and the former president arose after the Senate minority leader refused to go along with claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Trump immediately turned against McConnell, and publicly regretted endorsing the latter’s 2020 reelection campaign. (RELATED: McConnell Criticizes Trump Over Senate Losses, Says His ‘Political Clout Has Diminished’)
The former president criticized McConnell for being one of 18 Republicans to vote in favor of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill, which includes $45 billion in aid to Ukraine and $2 million to renovate a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Other Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of the legislation included Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and John Cornyn of Texas.
McConnell won his seventh term in Congress after defeating Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 2020 senate race. He would not run for reelection until 2026, and he has yet to announce any intentions to do so.