Trump Has Choice Words For McConnell In New Book

Former President Donald Trump minced no words in describing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in an interview for Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book.

Trump referred to McConnell as a “piece of s—” in a description that highlights the clear tension between the two that has fostered since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Using his nickname for McConnell, Trump blasted the GOP senator by saying “The Old Crow’s a piece of s—.” This came in an interview with the New York Times reporter at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

The quote was highlighted in an excerpt from the book published Sunday by The Atlantic magazine. The top Senate Republican is possibly the second most powerful figure within the GOP after the former president.

Set to be released on Oct. 4, Haberman’s “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” contains pieces of three separate interviews conducted with the former president after he left the White House.

In her work, Haberman emphasizes Trump’s focus on strength, both in his real estate career and his time in the White House. She notes how Trump admired some of the moves by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who discarded the nation’s term limits on the presidency.

She also points towards Trump’s praise of Meade Esposito, a party boss who once dominated the Democratic Party in Brooklyn.

Mr. Trump seems to have thought that McConnell would be like these figures he admires, but that was in his mind not the case.

That strength showed many times during a presidency that saw Trump work with McConnell on the passage of several important pieces of legislation and confirmation of Supreme Court justices.

The pair were able to join forces and pass Trump’s landmark sweeping tax cuts and push through other GOP priorities. Even as there were signs of tension, the relationship held somewhat until the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

It deteriorated rapidly, however, after McConnell congratulated President Joe Biden on his win. Just weeks ago, Mr. Trump dismissed the Senate Minority Leader as an “absolute loser.”