Donald Trump Says GOP Needs New Leadership: 'Mitch McConnell Has Not Done A Great Job'

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Former President Donald Trump said in an interview on Thursday that the Republican Party needs new leadership if it wants to win back both chambers of the United States Congress in 2022.

Speaking with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Trump ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that the Kentucky Republican must be replaced.

As reported by The Hill, Trump argued that the Republicans could "do very well" in the upcoming midterm elections, but only if they remove McConnell and embrace Trump-supporting insurgents. 

Trump Slams McConnell

"I think we’re going to do very well. We need good leadership," Trump told Bartiromo, before slamming McConnell.

"Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell."

McConnell and Trump reportedly haven't spoken since December. The two men worked together when Trump was in the White House, but McConnell turned on the former president following the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell attacked Trump for inciting rioters to break into the building, but ultimately voted to acquit him in the Senate's impeachment trial. 

Trump Vs. McConnell 

After McConnell refused to support Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, Trump issued a lengthy statement describing his former ally as an incompetent leader.

At a fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, Trump ripped into McConnell once again, calling him a "stone-cold loser" and a "dumb son of a b*tch."

In response, McConnell said that he is focused on fighting President Joe Biden and his administration.

"What I’m concentrating on is the future and what we are confronted with here is a totally left-wing administration," he stated.

McCarthy

Though Trump is no longer on good terms with McConnell, he has met several times with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"I’m working in conjunction with Kevin McCarthy and the group and I think we’re going to take back the House," the former president told Bartiromo.

Trump also promised to get actively involved in the 2022 midterm elections.

"I’m looking at the right people to endorse and when I endorse people it means a lot," he said.

"I think we’re going to have a great victory in 2022. I think we’re going to take back the House. Everybody’s working very hard," he added.

Midterms And Beyond

McConnell is not the only Republican Trump has lashed out against. Last week, the former president issued a statement attacking Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

He accused Ducey of helping Democratic politicians cover up alleged voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election and stressed that Biden did not win legitimately.

In addition, Trump has repeatedly teased a potential 2024 bid, as reported by USA Today. Most recently, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he is considering the possibility "very seriously, beyond seriously."