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Trump issues wild and lengthy statement attacking 'unsmiling political hack' McConnell

Former President Donald Trump wasn't just going to let Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) taunts go unanswered.

While the Senate's top Republican didn't vote to convict Trump for incitement of insurrection, after the close of the impeachment trial on Saturday, he gave a blistering speech deeming Trump "practically and morally responsible" for the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Trump fired back on Tuesday, issuing a lengthy statement through his Save America PAC that called on the GOP to ditch the "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" if they ever want to win the Senate back.

"The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump wrote to kick off his diatribe. "The Democrats and [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle," Trump continued, deeming the Republican Senate leader's priorities a "Beltway-first agenda."

Trump went on to blame McConnell for costing the GOP the Senate with its Georgia losses, as well as the state's "inept" Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and other Republicans who didn't challenge the state's election results. He then credited himself for McConnell's re-election, as he's bizarrely claimed before. And after questioning McConnell's relationship with China, Trump indicated he'd step up to back primary challengers who might oust McConnell or his supporters in the future.

Trump hasn't spoken much since he was ousted from the White House and social media, but has already started winning back the support of Republicans following the Capitol riot.