Trump proposed supporting a Democrat over McConnell in 2020: Book

  • Former President Donald Trump says in a new book that he “might have” approved a Democrat by 2020.
  • Trump referred to Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid in Kentucky.
  • Despite Kentucky being a reliable Republican state, Trump said McConnell won only because of him.

Former President Donald Trump was so frustrated with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for not supporting his election lie that he suggested he could have supported the GOP Senate leader’s democratic opponent, according to Jonathan Karl’s forthcoming book.

Karl, Washington’s chief correspondent for ABC News, sat down with Trump in March 2021 to interview him for the book.

“Trump absurdly claimed that the only reason McConnell had won re-election in solid Republican Kentucky in 2020 was that he had supported him,” Karl writes. “‘In hindsight,’ Trump told me about McConnell’s race for re-election, ‘I might have supported the Democrat.'”

That Democrat, former Navy pilot Amy McGrath, was mentioned by Trump several times in speeches he gave while in office, according to the factba.se database, which contains all of the former president’s tweets and a comprehensive record of his public statements.

Trump called her an “extreme liberal” and part of the “radical democratic mob” in speeches ahead of the 2018 mid-term, when McGrath ran for a Republican-led seat in the House of Representatives.

Karl describes how Trump was “swallowed up in bitterness and anger directed almost exclusively at other Republicans” during their interview, especially with Senate Leader McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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