An ally of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he wants to end the one-sided feud with former President Donald Trump and focus on regaining a Republican majority instead.
The admission came after Trump referred to the GOP leader as a “dumb son of a b***h” during a tirade to Republican National Committee donors at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump reportedly insulted McConnell while comparing him to his Democratic counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.).
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b***h Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” said Trump, according to the Washington Post.
When McConnell was pressed Tuesday by reporters to respond to Trump, he deflected away from the insults.
“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. No one voted to transform America into something totally different,” McConnell responded.
But Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) later said that McConnell seeks to end the feud with the former president.
“Right now, it’s sort of a one-sided thing. The leader has no animosity and he’s made it very clear he wants to work with the president to get the majority back,” Thune explained.
The relationship between the two has been a rocky one, with McConnell blaming Trump for the lethal Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol while the former president blames McConnell for the Republicans losing the majority in the U.S. Senate.
Trump reportedly went on in the speech to promise that Republicans would retake Congress and the White House in 2022 and in 2024. He has not indicated whether he will run for president again in 2024.
Here’s the response to Trump’s insult from McConnell:
Mitch McConnell responds to Trump’s ‘son of a b—h’ comment