Declaring that he no longer has to be “quiet,” former President Donald Trump tore into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for supporting the Democrats’ massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.
Republican support for the pork-filled bill brings with it the “bipartisan legislation” label for the media, which affirms that the GOP lawmakers got their cut of fat.
While it’s hard to recall a time when Trump was quiet in his criticism of McConnell, the former president called the GOP leader is “overrated” in a statement released via his Save America PAC, further stating that McConnell is “working so hard to give [President] Biden a victory.”
“Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,” Trump stated. “I have quietly said for years that Mitch McConnell is the most overrated man in politics — now I don’t have to be quiet anymore.”
“He is working so hard to give Biden a victory,” he added, “now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country.”
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America pic.twitter.com/x5qKSsQAe8
— RSBN 🇺🇸 (@RSBNetwork) August 10, 2021
The Senate voted 69-30 to pass the infrastructure plan Tuesday after the statement from Trump, with 19 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to pass.
“It has taken quite a long time, and there have been detours and everything else, but this will do a whole lot of good for America, and the Senate can be proud it has passed this,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
McConnell was one of the nineteen:
19 Republicans voted Yes on $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill: Blunt, Burr, Capito, Cassidy, Collins, Cramer, Crapo, Fischer, Graham, Grassley, Hoeven, Leader McConnell, Murkowski, Portman, Risch, Romney, Sullivan, Tillis, and Wicker. https://t.co/TEoP6rsXB4
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) August 10, 2021
Democrats claim the infrastructure bill pays for itself with the help of the tax cuts, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the legislation adds $256 billion to the nation’s debt from 2021 to 2031.
“It didn’t just come up short; it came up a quarter of a trillion dollars short,” Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., said in a statement last week. “Despite this news, I was asked to consent to expedite the process and pass it. I could not, in good conscience, allow that to happen at this hour.”
Eighteen mostly moderate Republicans, to include McConnell, voted with Democrats on Saturday in a 67-27 vote, to advance the bill.
Trump released a statement Saturday calling the package a “gift” to Democrats, and warned that he would likely not endorse any Republican who votes to pass the bill.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal,” he said in the release.
The former president slammed McConnell in that statement, as well.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” he said. “If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”
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