Former US President Donald Trump slammed Republican Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell for failing to prevent what he has called the theft of the 2020 election.
Trump on Wednesday accused McConnell of doing “nothing to fight for his constituents and stop the most fraudulent election in American history,” in which Joe Biden was declared the winner.
McConnell, a Republican who was called an “Old Crow” by Trump, on Tuesday denounced the Republican National Committee (RNC) that called the events surrounding January 6, 2021 "legitimate political discourse."
McConnell criticized the RNC for its reprimand of Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and calling the January 6 attack on the Capitol a “violent insurrection.”
“It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. ... That’s what it was,” McConnell said.
In response, Trump said on Wednesday that “McConnell does not speak for the Republican Party, and does not represent the views of the vast majority of its voters.”
“He did nothing to fight for his constituents and stop the most fraudulent election in American history,” Trump said in a statement, reiterating his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
“If Mitch would have fought for the election, like the Democrats would have if in the same position, we would not be discussing any of the above today, and our Country would be STRONG and PROUD instead of weak and embarrassed,” Trump added.
Trump has frequently attacked McConnell for acknowledging Biden as the legitimate winner of the disputed 2020 election.
On Saturday, Trump said former Vice President Mike Pence should not have “an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible,” when there were “obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities.”
Trump and his allies had raised concerns that widespread fraud marred the election and that it was rigged by the Washington establishment in favor of Biden, who was certified as the winner in Congress on January 6, 2021.
Trump has been casting doubt on the outcome of his loss by insisting it was the result of fraud. He has said that the 2020 presidential election was “the greatest Election Hoax in history.”
McConnell distanced himself from Trump since the former president was accused by the Washington establishment and media of inciting his supporters to invade the Capitol in the wake of his loss in the disputed 2020 presidential election.
McConnell had said that Trump is "morally responsible" for provoking the January 6 storming of the Capitol to overturn the election results.
On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters occupied the US Capitol while lawmakers were in the process of reviewing the certification of state electors which indicated Biden's victory. Some Trump supporters had hoped that this process could have resulted in some of the electors being disqualified, thus overturning the outcome of the presidential election.
It is claimed by some that the demonstrators were infiltrated and incited by provocateurs from US intelligence agencies, who orchestrated the “false flag operation” in order to get rid of Trump.
Some among the crowd clashed with police, and some made threats to beat up a number of Democratic lawmakers. Some also inflicted damage on parts of the Capitol building.