Donald Trump ripped into U.S. Senator Joe Manchin during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, vowing to campaign against the West Virginia Democrat, who he said was “devastating” the state by signing the Democrats’ budget and climate. OK.
“I’m going to come down and campaign against him as hard as anyone can,” Trump said, drawing one of his biggest applause of the night.
The former president also claimed that Mr Manchin, who is not eligible for re-election until 2025, had promised not to vote against him during the impeachment process.
“I would never vote against you, you are a great president,” Mr. Trump told the senator.
Mr. Manchin voted against Mr. Trump in both of his impeachments.
The Independent contacted Mr. Manchin for comment.
Mr Trump also lashed out at another moderate who had been seen as a potential obstacle to the Democratic social spending package, Kyrsten Sinema. In his speech, he hinted that he might also attack him in his home country.
“What Happened to Manchin and Sinema?” Mr. Trump said. “What happened? We’re trying to figure out what happened. Where is this new philosophy coming from all of a sudden?
The Independent contacted the Arizona senator for comment.
But the former president didn’t just attack Democrats.
He also sharply criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him a ‘broken old crow’ who was ‘taken for a ride’ by Democrats during the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal in 2021.
Mr Trump says he warned the Senate leader that Democrats would continue to seek more social spending and tax hikes, even as parts of the Democrats’ so-called Build Back Better program have been severed from the infrastructure agreement so that it can pass.
“McConnell is the most unpopular politician in the country, even more so than crazy Nancy Pelosi,” Mr Trump said. ” Something has to be done. It collects important campaign contributions for senators. This is how he retains his power.
The Independent has contacted Mr. McConnell for comment.
During his CPAC speech, Mr. Trump also celebrated the results of a mock poll conducted at the conference, which showed him as the clear frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination among attendees.
“I better win that straw poll,” he laughed, describing the moment he learned of the results.
“When you see these numbers, there’s a great sense of unity, not just at CPAC, but within the Republican Party.”
The president again teased a 2024 race, telling the crowd “we may have to start over”, but pausing before announcing an official comeback campaign.
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