Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have had a roller coaster relationship over the last few months. It looks like they are headed for enemy territory again and it’s all related to the latest Republican healthcare bill.
Apparently, Trump plans to blame Mitch McConnell for the failure of the Graham-Cassidy bill. The Daily Beast is reporting that Trump and his team want to scapegoat McConnell for all that’s wrong with the Republican Party.
The Trump White House is gearing up to lay blame for a series of likely failures this week squarely at the feet of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to sources in and outside of the administration.
One senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast that the president is “well prepared to” shovel blame onto McConnell if and when the latest Obamacare repeal effort goes down in flames later this week. Another Trump confidant noted that the president regularly vents about “Mitch’s” seeming inability to get “anything over the finish line.”
Tensions between the president and Senate Republicans—McConnell in particular—have been building for months. Last month, Trump reportedly berated McConnell during a phone call for refusing to “protect” the president from federal and congressional investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. According to The New York Times, the call “quickly devolved into a profane shouting match.”
While May may not even be able to pull off such a political move as to pin the blame on McConnell, if he does, we can only expect McConnell to snap back with some serious fire power.
McConnell has spent the last several years attacking President Obama and that was when he had minimal to work with. Bill Palmer explains further:
Now McConnell is about to find himself in a war with Donald Trump, who has proven himself rather politically inept, and whose entire life has been one long scandal. If Trump tries to go for the jugular, we’ll see McConnell turn vicious against a vulnerable Trump, on a level not often seen in modern American politics. But there’s an even bigger loser here.
With a Republican President and a Republican Senate Majority Leader preparing to try to destroy each other by pinning the blame on each other for their party’s failures, the clear loser is the GOP itself. It sets up an untenable situation for the Republican Party just as the early stages of the 2018 midterm races are set to get underway. It’s now difficult to imagine the party still having both these leaders in place by the time the midterms get serious.
Trump should watch his step, because you can bet Mitch McConnell has the knowledge and fire power to send Trump and his presidency up in flames.