Donald Trump Says Mitch McConnell Is 'So Against What Republicans Are About'

Former President Donald Trump has said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is "so against what Republicans are about" in his latest criticism of the Kentucky senator.

Trump issued a statement through his spokesperson, Liz Harrington, on Wednesday after Senator McConnell criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) for censuring Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

"For the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to say that the RNC should not censure walking Democrat sound bites, Liz Cheney and Cryin' Adam Kinzinger, is so against what Republicans are about," Trump's statement said.

"It's not as bad as the two-month extension he gave the Democrats when they were ready to fold, but the censure of Cheney and Kinzinger is a good and very appropriate thing to do as it pertains to our great Republican Party!" he said.

Several Republicans have publicly voiced concerns about the censuring of Cheney and Kinzinger, who both sit on the House panel investigating the January 6 attack.

Trump's statement was referring to the fact that McConnell reached a deal with Democrats in October in order to lift the federal debt ceiling for a two-month period and avoid a potential sovereign debt default. The former president has repeatedly criticized McConnell over the issue.

On Tuesday, McConnell appeared to push back against the RNC's decision to censure Cheney and Kinzinger. Both Republicans have been strong critics of Trump and they are the only GOP members of the House to sit on the House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021.

"With regard to the suggestion that the RNC should be in the business of picking and choosing Republicans who ought to be supported, traditionally the view of the national party committees is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on some issues," McConnell said on Tuesday.

McConnell was asked if he still had confidence in RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who has defended the decision to censure Kinzinger and Cheney.

"I do - but the issue is whether or not the RNC should be sort of singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority. That's not the job of the RNC," McConnell said.

He also reiterated that he believed the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was an "insurrection."

"Well, let me give you my view of what happened on January 6," McConnell said. "We're all, we're here. We saw what happened. It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That's what it was."

Trump has repeatedly criticized McConnell in recent months, referring to him as an "old crow" and calling for him to be replaced as GOP leader in the Senate. McConnell's criticism of Trump has been more muted, but he has frequently condemned the events of January 6 and dismissed claims that the 2020 presidential election suffered from widespread fraud.

Newsweek has asked Mitch McConnell's office for comment.

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Former President of the United States Donald Trump (L) looks on prior to the fight between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort during Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort on September 11, 2021, in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images); and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) arrives to speak to reporters following a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill on February 8, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Trump has lashed out at McConnell following the senator's comments on recent party censures. Douglas P. DeFelice/Drew Angerer/Getty Images