Trump’s verbal attacks come as the former president has reappeared in GOP politics in recent days – stepping up fundraising efforts and supporting the 2022 midterm elections.
Several GOP leaders rebuffed Trump’s fiery rhetoric, deeming it “unnecessary” to unite the Republican Party ahead of the 2022 election.
Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd if Trump’s voice is’ helpful ‘to the Republican Party, Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson replied,’ Well, I don’t think his most recent comments on Senator McConnell have were useful if accurately reported. “
“So for me you have to engage in the fight that we have in 2022,” continued Hutchinson. “Right now we have major fights in Washington over a grand government solution to every problem we have. And the Republican voice is important. “
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), A staunch critic of the former president, told “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan on CBS that Trump in his Mar-a-Lago speech used “the same language that he knows to have provoked the violence on January 6. “
“As a party, we have to focus on the future. We must focus on adopting the Constitution and not on the insurgency. I think it’s very important that people realize that a fundamental part of the Constitution, and of who we are as Americans, is the rule of law, it’s the judicial process, ”said Cheney.
Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that amid Trump’s rhetoric and “certain things that come and go,” Republicans – including Trump and McConnell – should get on with it. unite to “work to defeat the Democrats”. ”
Thune, like McConnell, has been the target of Trump’s ire in recent months for refusing to support Trump’s challenge to the 2020 presidential election results.
“Well look, it’s just – like I said, I think a lot of that rhetoric is – you know, it’s part of the style and tone that comes with the former president, but I think he and Mitch McConnell have a common goal, and that gets the majority back in 2022, and in the end hopefully that’s what unites us, ”Thune said.