In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump let the Trumpist Republican Party know that he was still in charge by attacking Mitch McConnell in a 622-word statement that began: “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm.” While Trump is right about Mitch McConnell, he’s pretty much wrong on everything else.
This “all-about-me” attention-grabbing tirade is just another example of Trumpy Bear being Trumpy Bear whenever someone fails to show him their undying, unconditional love and support, but it was enough for some in the faux conservative media — cough Steve Deace cough — to get “turned on.”
Here are a few excerpts I took from TheHill.com, along with my comments:
McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way!
This is the part, the ONLY part, Trump got right. In the Mitch McConnell archives of The Strident Conservative, you’ll see that I’ve written a lot over the years about his spineless leadership as Majority Leader. In fact, McConnell was one of the first to be enshrined in the Gutless On Principles Hall of Shame back in 2013.
We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.
Trump’s “America First” agenda is political doublespeak for liberty-killing “Nationalism.” The loss of liberty isn’t “a winner.”
And in “Mitch’s Senate,” over the last two election cycles, I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats, more than eight in the 2020 cycle alone—and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both U.S. Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600.
It was a complete election disaster in Georgia, and certain other swing states. McConnell did nothing, and will never do what needs to be done in order to secure a fair and just electoral system into the future. He doesn’t have what it takes, never did, and never will.
“Secure a fair and just electoral system” is a not-so-veiled reference to his claim that he beat Biden in a landslide, but that the election was stolen via a QAnon conspiracy peddled by Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and an assortment of other nut jobs.
Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again. He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.
Trump is right to say Republicans will lose under McConnell’s leadership, and he’s right to say Mickey will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for the country. But his gang of Nationalists and QAnon loony toons will never result in “brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.” We have four years of history and the January 6 riots as evidence.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that 75 percent of Republicans want Trump to stay involved in the GOP, and according to Morning Consult, they are big fans of his self-declared war against McConnell and the Republicans unwilling to swear fealty to him.
“The mere acceptance of President Joe Biden’s victory – culminating in the Jan. 6 votes to accept the Electoral College count after rioters acting in Trump’s name stormed the Capitol – and criticism of the outgoing president’s conduct preceded a weakening in state GOP voter support for many of the conference’s members, underscoring Trump’s enduring hold on the party’s base as the Senate GOP looks to avoid contentious primary elections and keep the Trump coalition united and energized going into next year’s midterm elections.”
Fresh off the free publicity he garnered from his attack on Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump made an appearance on FOX News — where else, right? — to air out his frustrations with the Republican establishment for not fighting hard hard enough for him, and to reiterate his false claim that he won the election against Biden by a large margin.
“I think we won substantially … You would have had riots going all over the place if that happened to a Democrat. We don’t have the same support at certain levels of the Republican system.
“I think it’s disgraceful what happened. We were like a third-world country on election night, with the closing down of the centers and all of the things that happened later.”
Though he didn’t mention McConnell by name, his “certain levels of the Republican system” was a clear shot at the Republican leader. And the “disgraceful” thing that happened was a reference to the QAnon conspiracy about how votes were tabulated.
In The Tempest, William Shakespeare wrote, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” The words are spoken by a man who has been shipwrecked and finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster. This is a perfect description of the relationship between Mitch McConnell, a man whose “leadership” of the GOP could be described as a shipwreck, and Donald Trump as the monster he choses to shack-up with to survive.
And they have maintained that relationship every since they pledged their undying loyalty to each other in a recommitment ceremony during Trump’s first year in office when the two of them were in the midst of a power struggle for control of the party.
“We have been friends for a long time and probably now despite what we read, we are probably now, I think, as far as I’m concerned closer than ever before . . . The relationship is very good. We are fighting for the same thing.” ~ Trump
“We have the same agenda. We’ve been friends and acquaintances for a long time.” ~ McConnell
The Republican Party won’t fail because McConnell refused to fight for Donald Trump and his agenda, it will fail because they have jointly been at war with conservatives and our values.
Trump and McConnell have worked hand-in-hand over the past four year to advance a Far-Left socialist agenda wrapped up as Nationalist Conservatism. GOP-branded paid family leave, a GOP-branded Green New Deal, GOP-branded government-run healthcare, and GOP-branded gun control have all come from their partnership, along with an $8.3 trillion increase in 4 years in the national debt and enough taxpayer funding to help Planned Parenthood have record-breaking success at murdering unborn babies.
Donald Trump is right about Mitch McConnell and the failure of the Republican Party, but he’s wrong on everything else.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.