Donald Trump has once again taken aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), calling him a “broken hack” for not fighting for the former president’s Senate nominees.
“Why are Republican senators allowing a broke politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage Republican candidates who work hard for the United States Senate?” Trump posted on Truth Social on Saturday.
McConnell should “spend more time and money” helping candidates and “less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China,” the former president added.
Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary, was one of the first Cabinet officials to resign after the Capitol riot last year. She reportedly spoke to the House panel investigating the insurgency earlier this month.
Trump has previously criticized Chao’s business ties to China. But his own daughter, Ivanka Trump, secured several Chinese trademarks (including for voting machines), and Jared Kushner’s family sought business deals in China while they both served in the Trump administration.
Trump was responding to a sly jab from McConnell last week, conceding that the Senate may not be so easily taken over by Republicans due to voters across the state’s preference for “quality” candidates.
“I think there’s probably a better chance of the House rocking than the Senate,” McConnell told reporters, according to NBC News. “Senate races are just different — they’re statewide. The quality of candidates has a lot to do with the outcome.
McConnell did not specify any candidate as lacking in quality.
His search, however, reflected GOP frustrations over controversial Republican Senate candidates with little or no political experience, championed by Trump, who stumble in the polls. These include Mehmet Oz, running against Democratic Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman; Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance (against Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan) and former football star Herschel Walker, who is running for the Georgia Senate against incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock.
Even though Trump’s support doesn’t appear to be winning the nominee race, McConnell isn’t giving up the fight. The McConnell-allied Super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, is pledging $28 million in a bid to rescue “Hillbilly Elegy” author Vance, who is struggling to raise funds, The Wall Street Journal reports.