Trump Says McConnell Has Abandoned Republican Voters

( Wednesday night, former President Donald Trump released another statement blasting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, this time accusing him of folding to the Democrats on the debt ceiling fight.

This week, McConnell reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to temporarily suspend the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster rules for one month in considering the debt ceiling provision.

This deal would give McConnell a modest victory over the Democrats who have successfully prevented his strategy to force Democrats to raise the debt ceiling by themselves without Republican support.

The Senate held the procedural vote on “cloture” Thursday night removing the 60-vote filibuster hurdle to end debate on the bill, meaning that the Senate will be able to advance a debt ceiling increase with a 51 vote majority. Fourteen Senators voted for cloture.

The final debt ceiling vote is likely to happen next week.

McConnell defended the deal as a way to force Democrats to go it alone on raising the debt limit without Republican votes — something Republicans have been demanding for months.

But Trump isn’t happy about it. In his statement, he said McConnell’s deal gave Democrats a “total victory.” He said McConnell could have used the debt ceiling as a way to kill Biden’s “Build Back Better” bill, but instead, his deal paved the way for the massive welfare bill to pass in the Senate.

Trump said Democrats would have folded because McConnell held all the cards. But, Trump said, McConnell lacked the “guts to play them.” He accused McConnell of giving away the country “just like he did with the two Senate seats in Georgia, and the presidency itself.”

Both Democrats and Republicans gained something from this deal. For the Democrats, who are already fighting for their lives, it frees them from having to hold another debt ceiling vote before the November elections. But the terms set out by McConnell would prevent Democrats from suspending the debt ceiling entirely, forcing them to raise it to a specific dollar amount. Doing this will give Republicans fodder for the midterm election campaign, where they can attack the Democrats by pointing out the specific dollar amount Democrats unilaterally added to the national debt.

Ultimately, however, the debt ceiling fight is a loss for the American people as neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are showing any willingness to rein in spending and decrease the nation’s already crippling debt.