Sources familiar with the situation say Trump has been speaking with senators and allies to gauge if there is any interest in deposing McConnell.
- “There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it. The people that stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president,” said McConnell.
- “I think we’re going to do very well. We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell has not done a great job. I think they should change Mitch McConnell,” Trump said in a Fox News interview in April.
- In August, Trump blasted McConnell as being “overrated” for his support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
- “Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,” Trump said in a statement at the time. “I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics — now I don’t have to be quiet anymore.”