Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell

Ex-president Donald Trump blasted the top Republican in the US Senate Mitch McConnell

The attack came after Mr McConnell said on Saturday that even though he had voted to acquit Mr Trump at his impeachment trial, the former president was nevertheless "practically and morally responsible" for the 6 January storming of the US Capitol.

Trump took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday (local time), accusing him being a "hack" for not joining his effort to undermine the result of the 2020 presidential election which saw him lose the White House to Joe Biden.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement.

He went on to write: "Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again".

Mr McConnell's decision to speak to the Wall Street Journal was seen as a move to reassure wealthy donors who have threatened to desert the party as a result of Mr Trump's actions during and in the wake of the Capitol attack.

"While the majority of Republicans in the Senate abdicated their responsibility to hold the president accountable, we must hold him accountable for the insurrection that he so blatantly planned", added Thompson.

Chao, who was born in Taiwan to a wealthy shipping family, served as the transportation secretary in the Trump cabinet, till she resigned after the January 6 mob attack.

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CNN reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

After 50 Democratic senators and seven Republicans voted that Mr Trump was guilty - a majority in the 100-seat Senate, but not the two-thirds needed for a conviction - Mr McConnell let loose, excoriating Mr Trump for the attack that saw five people die and the halls of the U.S. legislature ransacked by his supporters.

Further, 54 per cent of Republicans said they would like to support Trump in a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary election.

The new suit alleges that "on and before January 6, 2021, the defendants. conspired to incite an assembled crowd to march upon and enter the Capitol of the United States for the common goal of disrupting, by the use of force, intimidation, and threat, the approval by Congress of the count of votes cast by members of the Electoral College as required by Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution".

Furthermore, McConnell used his power as then-majority leader to delay Trump's Senate trial until after he left office. "We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership".

A McConnell spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.

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