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Donald Trump Steps Up Attacks Against Mitch McConnell With ‘DEATH WISH’ Post

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Former President Donald Trump is facing criticism for an inflammatory online message attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which many saw as a threat.

“He has a DEATH WISH,” Trump posted Friday night on his Truth Social platform, criticizing McConnell for agreeing to a deal to fund the government through December. He also disparaged McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary and was born in Taiwan, in racist terms, calling her “his China-loving wife Coco Chow.”

The post marked a new escalation in an increasingly tense relationship between the two Republican leaders. Trump has repeatedly contested McConnell’s negotiating positions and has called on Republican senators to replace him as his leader. They often had a strained working relationship during the Trump presidency and parted ways after the 2020 election, when Trump refused to budge and tried to overturn the results, and the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2020. 2021.

McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

A Trump spokesman said it was “absurd” to interpret the post as a threat or call for violence, suggesting the reference to a death wish was “political” rather than literal.

“Mitch McConnell is killing the Republican Party for weakness and cowardice,” spokesman Taylor Budowich wrote in a statement. “Obviously he has a political death wish for himself and the GOP, but President Trump and the champions of America First in Congress will save the GOP and our nation.”

Trump’s inflammatory remarks have repeatedly inspired his supporters to resort to violence. The protesters on January 6, at this time and in court proceedings, have said they believed they were acting on Trump’s wishes. Lawmakers from both parties have faced increasing threats after crossing paths with Trump.

More recently, following Trump’s attacks on the FBI in response to a search of his Mar-a-Lago resort, a gunman attempted to break into the agency’s Cincinnati office while he was posting about it on Truth Social. He was later killed by the police.

“He knows exactly what he’s doing and his recklessness knows no bounds,” said prominent Republican attorney Robert Kelner. wrote on Twitter, responding to Trump’s latest post about McConnell. “Negligible.”

Chao resigned from Trump’s cabinet shortly after the Jan. 6 attack, saying the assault “deeply concerned me in a way that I just can’t put aside.” McConnell, in a post-impeachment speech the following month, condemned Trump as “practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events of that day,” though he did not vote to condemn him.

In this year’s primaries, McConnell unsuccessfully tried to recruit moderate Republican governors such as Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Doug Ducey of Arizona to run for Senate. McConnell allies intervened in some races to oppose pro-Trump candidates, such as Eric Greitens in Missouri and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, but did not intervene against Trump-backed candidates like Blake Masters in Arizona and Herschel Walker in Georgia. McConnell has publicly lamented that some of the party’s nominees are making it more difficult to regain control of the chamber, though he has expressed more confidence in the party’s chances of late.


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