Donald Trump ‘taunted former friend Mitch McConnell for having “too many chins”‘
Donald Trump planned to taunt ex-ally Mitch McConnell by accusing the senator of having ‘too many chins but not enough smarts.’ The former president had to be talked out of the vicious insult he planned to include in a press release lashing McConnell, 78, for turning against him over the US Capitol riots.
Politico reported that the original comment had multiple reference to McConnell’s ‘multple chins.’ The statement that was ultimately released by Trump’s Save America political action committee (PAC) ended up targeting McConnell’s alleged professional shortcomings, without referring to his looks.
It said: ‘McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse.’
Trump went on to accuse McConnell of having a ‘Beltway First’ agenda – a dig suggesting the senator was part of the Washington DC ‘swamp’ of self-serving politicians the former president vowed to ‘drain.’
McConnell was ferociously loyal to Trump during the president’s four years in office and voted to acquit the ex-president at both of his impeachment trials.
But McConnell – who lost his position as Senate Majority Leader after Democrats won a majority there last month – condemned Trump in the wake of Saturday’s impeachment vote.
He said Trump was ‘morally responsible’ for the January 6 riots that killed five, and further accused his former friend of ‘a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty.’
McConnell said he had voted to acquit Trump because he considered it unconstitutional to try an ex-president in the Senate.
Trump is famed for his personal attacks on rivals’ looks. He branded North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘short and fat,’ in a tense tweet issued before they made friends.
During the 2016 election campaign, he also implied Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi was ugly.
And in 2021, he branded Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington ‘unattractive’, before saying her ex-husband made a ‘good decision’ in leaving Huffington for another man.
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