We come upon an empty boxing ring as two old men clamber very slowly and very carefully into opposing corners. One is 79-years-old, and the other is 74-years-old. When the bell rings, they push themselves off of their chairs to face one another in the center of the ring. They are both wearing baggy red satin boxers, and are shirtless. One’s boxing gloves are trimmed in gold. The other’s gloves are trimmed in $100 bills. You know them well, but wish they would put back on their shirts.
Standing an ever-increasing 6’3″ and weighing an ever-decreasing svelte 244 pounds Donald Trump (R) is bigger than his opponent. But House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is perhaps 5’9″ and weighing in at roughly 150 pounds, is quicker on his feet. Both men are deathly pale, and their gloves keep weighing them down. Trump refused to shake hands, because he was mad at the self-described Grim Reaper. Then, he stormed out of the building.
Thursday, Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo asked Trump how he thought the Grand Old Party (GOP) would do in the 2022 elections. She eased into questions about his fight with McConnell. The ex-president had been urging the Senate Republicans to replace McConnell before the midterms. Then, 45 added that doing this would help them win the Senate.
Trump believed that the Republican candidates would do quite well, but only if they kicked the minority leader out of the leadership.
Then, he told Bartiromo that McConnell had “not done a great job:”
‘I think we’re going to do very well. We need good leadership. Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell.’
Ever egotistic, Trump indicated that his Republican Party endorsement of its candidates could help them take back Congress:
‘I’m looking at the right people to endorse and when I endorse people it means a lot. I think we’re going to have a great victory in 2022. I think we’re going to take back the House. Everybody’s working very hard.’
It was not clear how accurate Trump’s ideas were about the next election. Republican leadership has circled the wagons around McConnell.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ran down to Mar-a-Lago right after the January 6 attempted insurrection to kiss the then-president’s ring. He said:
‘I’m working in conjunction with Kevin McCarthy and the group and I think we’re going to take back the House,’
In early April, the minority leader announced:
‘What I’m concentrating on is the future and what we are confronted with here is a totally left-wing administration, with a slight majority in the House, a 50-50 Senate trying to transform America into something no one voted for last year. That’s what I’m concentrating on.’
Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) spoke directly to The Hill. He said he did not agree with Trump’s assessment:
‘I disagree with them completely.’
Trump warned, according to The Washington Post:
‘[T]he Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political “leaders” like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm…[if] Republican senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.’
Then, at Mar-a-Lago Trump went off on McConnell again last month calling him a “dumb son of a bitch” and a “stone-cold loser.”
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