Former President Donald Trump called for the impeachment of nemesis Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Thursday, just days ahead of a midterm election in which McConnell could take the reins of the upper chamber.
While theorizing that McConnell could buck the GOP and collude with the Democrats to “blow the debt ceiling up,” Trump insinuated that the Democrats may have blackmail on him and argued that impeachment could be a remedy if McConnell betrays the party.
Trump’s retort was prompted when he was pressed by the host of American Sunrise on Real America News about Democrats “scheming” to collude “with some of the RINOs,” an abbreviation for Republicans in name only, “to blow the debt ceiling up.”
“Mitch McConnell keeps allowing [them] to have it. I mean, they ought to impeach Mitch McConnell if he allows that. Frankly, Mitch McConnell, something has to be — they have something on him. How he approves this thing is incredible,” he said in the interview.
While impeachment has been deployed against presidents and judges, it has not been used against senators. Instead, Congress relies on a distinct process for expulsions via a two-thirds vote. An expulsion of a senator hasn’t taken place since the Civil War, per the Washington Post.
McConnell voted to acquit Trump of all charges during both of his impeachment trials. Since his White House departure, Trump has raged against McConnell, who had rebuked his actions in the run-up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump has also reportedly sought to recruit alternatives to be the GOP Senate leader.
Last month, Trump declared that McConnell “has a DEATH WISH” and derided his wife as “China loving wife, Coco Chow.” McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan and served as his transportation secretary before exiting in protest over the Capitol riot. Despite Trump’s attacks, McConnell has left the door open to backing him in 2024.
McConnell has described the dash for Senate control as a “jump ball” contest. Numerous forecasters show a nail-biter of a race. FiveThirtyEight gives Republicans a 54% chance of recapturing the upper chamber, marking the first time the GOP has had the edge in the forecast this cycle.