Donald Trump Says Mitch McConnell 'Hanging by a Thread,' Warns Republicans on Endorsement

In a new hour-long interview aired Monday, former President Donald Trump said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was "hanging by a thread" and warned Republicans his endorsement determines "the difference between victory and massive defeat."

Speaking on the first episode of Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe's podcast, Trump said McConnell "did nothing" with regards to the baseless campaign by Trump and his allies to uncover alleged election fraud during the 2020 presidential race.

"Guys like Mitch McConnell, they don't fight," he said. "And now he's hanging by a thread."

When Boothe inquired whether he has spoken to McConnell, Trump responded: "Not really, I don't really wanna talk to him."

"I think we need better leadership than Mitch McConnell and stronger leadership," he said later in the episode. "I mean, he can't rein in his own people. We have the Mitt Romneys of the world and the Ben Sasses of the world. These are not good for the Republican party."

Trump, who has previously called McConnell a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack," also reiterated his attacks on Republicans who have criticized the former president or voted to impeach him, hinting they will pay the price by losing his valuable endorsement.

"The fact that I give someone an endorsement has meant the difference between a victory and a massive defeat," Trump said. "And now the senators, they're all wanting endorsements."

Trump called Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) "bad news" who will not "do very well" and said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was a "loser" who is "bad for the party."

"I gave [Sasse] the endorsement, and he ended up getting the nomination," said Trump. "Someone would've run in Nebraska and they would've beat him so easy."

Still, the ex-commander-in-chief expressed optimism for the Republican party, which he said had "a lot of young, good people."

Among the Republicans in Trump's good graces were: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, reportedly favored as a 2024 GOP candidate should Trump bow out; Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO); Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem; and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whom Trump said was "gonna do great" in her bid for governor of Arkansas.

When asked by Boothe who could run in 2024 if he chooses not to, Trump answered: "Some of the names I guess I just mentioned, perhaps, and others… I'll make a decision some time later. But there's a pretty deep bench. If you look at the polls, they love the job that I've done."

Trump also took the opportunity to attack his successor Joe Biden, deploying common GOP talking points such as taking aim at his immigration policy and claiming the current president took credit for the previous administration's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Early in the episode, Trump rehashed his belief that the election he lost was "rigged."

"That could never have happened to a Democrat, what happened to us in the presidential election," Trump said. "You would have had a revolution if the tables were turned. You would've literally had a revolution."

On January 6, a mob of incensed Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers debated Biden's Electoral College win. The riots left five dead.

Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower
Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on March 9, 2021 in New York City. James Devaney/GC Images