Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday MOCKED former President Donald Trump’s endorsement and what it meant for his 2020 re-election.
The Kentucky Republican Senator chuckled when asked about Trump’s endorsement saying, “Yeah, well, I want to thank him for the 15 point margin I had in 2014 as well.”
Trump mentioned McConnell in his CPAC speech on Sunday wondering aloud if he made a mistake supporting the former majority leader’s campaign for a seventh term.
“My endorsement of Mitch McConnell at his request… he made a request, he asked for my endorsement — brought him from one point down to 20 points up, and he won his race,” Trump said.
“I said, ‘I wonder if I’m doing the right thing here?’ But you know what, I did, I did what I did,” Trump said.
Although Trump and McConnell worked closely during his four-year term on shared goals such as tax cuts and judicial confirmations, they had a bitter falling out following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
McConnell voted last month to acquit Trump of inciting the riot, but slammed in him a speech as “practically and morally responsible” for the turmoil. McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to resign over the riot.
Trump responded with a blistering attack on McConnell saying, “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”
McConnell has since said that he “absolutely” would vote for Trump if he wins the 2024 presidential nomination.