Donald Trump preferred candidate for 2024 presidential election

Ex-president Donald Trump blasted the top Republican in the US Senate Mitch McConnell

As per the poll, which was released three days after Trump's acquittal in his second impeachment trial, 59 per cent of Republicans said they would happily support the former US President to play a prominent role in their Republican Party.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Senator Mitch McConnell at its helm", Trump said in a statement.

Despite additional evidence underscoring Trump's failure to act to stop the assault on the Capitol-which left five people dead-only seven Republican senators voted on Saturday to convict the former president for inciting the attack.

Banned from Twitter-his erstwhile weapon of choice for attacking critics-Trump fired his broadside, which blamed McConnell (R-Ky.) for Republicans' loss of Senate control, via a statement from his Save America super PAC. This number is the same as the amount of Republicans who wanted to show support to the defeated leader back in November.

In a Monday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, McConnell again accused Trump of "moral responsibility" for the Capitol attack, adding that the former president's "behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended". Giuliani has recently been targeted by Dominion Voting Systems in a $1.3 billion lawsuit over his claims that the company's voting machines helped "steal" the 2020 presidential election from Trump.

In fact, according to several media accounts, Trump's 622-word diatribe initially included a dig at McConnell having "too many chins and not enough smarts" - before aides persuaded him to drop it. Cartoons and memes that followed the report highlighted Trump's own multiple chins.

"I single-handedly saved at least 12 Senate seats", Mr Trump claimed, "and then came the Georgia disaster, where we should have won both US Senate seats, but McConnell matched the Democrat offer of $2,000 stimulus checks with $600". However, the number had taken a dip after the Capitol riot that took place on January 06 and were organised by Trump's supporters.

With his impeachment trial looming, the ex-president had been almost completely silent on politics since moving into his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida nearly one month ago.

But he used the blast against Mr McConnell to assert his continuing claim to leadership of the Republican party.

"If Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again", he said.

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First", Trump threatened.

"This is a big moment for our country", Trump wrote, "and we can not let it pass by using third rate "leaders" to dictate our future".

A McConnell spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.



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