Mitch McConnell kept Trump alive. Now Trump is turning on him.

The senator isn't a Trump loyalist, and it's coming back to haunt him

Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump.
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The funny thing about Donald Trump's latest efforts to take down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is that Trump's presidency would have been nearly bereft of accomplishment without the senator's efforts. Trump's biggest "successes" — the $1.9 trillion tax cut, the confirmations of three conservative justices to the Supreme Court — depended wholly on McConnell's ability to wield legislative power. Otherwise, Trump's governing legacy would consist largely of his pandemic failures, a deleted Twitter account, and the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump craves power and its trappings; McConnell actually knows how to use it.

But McConnell is no Trump loyalist. For Trump, loyalty is really the only thing that matters. That's why he's prodding his allies to challenge McConnell's longtime leadership of the Senate GOP, as The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend.

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