Book says Trump blames Mitch McConnell for 2020 loss

Former President Donald Trump has long been known for having a tense relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

That fact was on display again this week, with The Hill reporting that the former president blames McConnell for his loss in 2020. 

Trump says McConnell “knew the election was rigged”

As evidence, The Hill cited statements that appear in a new book called This Shall Not Pass by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.

That includes a quote of Trump telling the authors, “Had Mitch stuck with many members of the party who knew the election was rigged, I think we wouldn’t be at Mar-a-Lago. We would be at the White House having this conversation.”

This is hardly the first time the former president has taken aim at the Senate’s top Republican. Late last year he released a statement slamming McConnell for supporting the Democrat’s infrastructure package.

“Why is it that Old Crow Mitch McConnell voted for a terrible Democrat Socialist Infrastructure Plan, and induced others in his Party to do likewise, when he was incapable of getting a great Infrastructure Plan wanting to be put forward by me and the Republican Party?” Trump demanded.

McConnell promises to support Trump should he be nominated in 2024

The Hill noted that for his part, McConnell has pledged to get behind Trump should he win the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2024.

“I think I have an obligation to support the nominee of my party,” McConnell said two weeks ago. “That will mean that whoever the nominee is has gone out and earned the nomination.”

He added that “as the Republican leader of the Senate, it should not be a front-page headline that I will support the Republican nominee for president.”

McConnell’s promise to back Trump comes despite having blamed him for the riot that broke out on Capitol Hill nearly a year and a half ago.

According to Fox News, McConnell declared during Trump’s second impeachment trial that the president was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

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