Trump scolds Mitch McConnell as GOP Senate majority looks unlikely after Democrats retain crucial Arizona seat

Former President Donald Trump blames Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for preventing Republicans from winning more US Senate seats as their chances of overturning a majority in the chamber become less likely.

On Friday night, shortly after Democratic Arizona Senator Mark Kelly fended off Republican challenger Blake Masters, Trump took to social media to blame McConnell for the loss.

“Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Senate, isn’t doing anything about it. He’s too busy spending huge amounts of money on bad Senator Lisa [Murkowski] from Alaska, as Kelly [Tshibaka] it’s much better.”

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference following a Senate Republican luncheon in the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news conference following a Senate Republican luncheon in the U.S. Capitol.
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Trump also criticized McConnell for not committing to overturning the 2020 presidential election, funding Democrats’ agenda items and allowing them to raise the debt ceiling.

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“He’s the WORST!” Trump added, referring to the Kentucky Republican leader.

The former president’s comments come as a handful of Senate Republicans attempted to postpone their leadership election, scheduled for next week, as they, too, grew frustrated with McConnell and other leaders.

“It makes no sense for the Senate to hold leadership elections before the GA runoff,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted Friday. “We don’t yet know if we will have a majority and Herschel Walker deserves a say in our leadership. Crucially, we need to hear from each candidate for leadership a concrete plan for the next two years.”

This combination of images taken on February 16, 2021 shows President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on October 27, 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Washington, DC on October 5, 2020 . February.  2020

This combination of images taken on February 16, 2021 shows President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on October 27, 2020 and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Washington, DC on October 5, 2020 . February. 2020
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also tweeted on Friday that the leadership vote “should be postponed.”

Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., tweeted in support of Rubio’s proposal.

As does Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., did not say whether he would support McConnell or possibly run against him for the leadership post.

Former President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at a campaign event at Legacy Sports USA.

Former President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at a campaign event at Legacy Sports USA.
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But a Senate GOP adviser speaking to Fox News Digital said the election would go ahead as planned.

“Members are frustrated and looking for a way to talk. There will be a heated discussion at lunch on Tuesday,” the Senate GOP adviser told Fox News Digital.

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“There will also be a lot of questions about candidate quality/campaign priorities and mistakes. Many of these will be directed at Scott, especially if reports are true that he was preparing to challenge McConnell before Election Day was even over,” the aide added.

McConnell has led the Senate Republicans since 2007 and served as Senate Majority Leader from 2015 to 2021.

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