The anti-Trump group released an ad on Monday taunting the former president for getting “played” by the Republican establishment, naming in particular Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The swamp won, Donald,” a narrator says over a supercut of images of alligators, McConnell, and Trump. “Mitch McConnell’s Washington consultants are making big money using your name. We don’t know if Mitch gets a cut, but what do you think, Donald?”
The ad, which is scheduled to air on Fox News and Fox Business News in Palm Beach, Florida, where Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is located, informs Trump he is getting “played.”
“[McConnell] is picking candidates loyal to him … and you fell for it,” the narrator continues while noting the former president has “little hands.” “They’re laughing at you.”
The narrator then suggests Trump shouldn’t run again because “maybe the power Mitch McConnell has over the GOP is just too much for” him.
“Maybe what McConnell and the rest of Washington is saying is true: that Trump is done,” he concludes.
Dear Donald: @LeaderMcConnell has you fooled. He and his Washington consultants are raising money off your name, all while recruiting candidates who are loyal to him — not you.
They’re taking you for a ride, Donald. pic.twitter.com/pvJ2QzNASQ
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) May 3, 2021
A growing rift within the GOP is pitting the pro-Trump wing and the more traditional Republican establishment against each other.
Party leaders such as McConnell and Rep. Liz Cheney have sought to minimize Trump’s influence ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
On Monday, Cheney tweeted that anyone who claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen is “spreading THE BIG LIE,” just days after calling Trump’s claim that she might not seek a fourth term in office due to low poll numbers and primary threats “wishful thinking.” The Wyoming Republican has even said she would not support Trump if he earns the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has also distanced himself from the former president, previously saying he hoped never to talk to him again shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Trump, who has enjoyed enduring popularity within the Republican base since he left office, has vowed to remain an active figure in GOP politics. The former president has released dozens of endorsements for candidates for office, many of them, such as Max Miller in Ohio, primary challengers to incumbents who supported Trump’s impeachment earlier this year. Trump also endorsed Frank Eathorne, a primary challenger to Cheney, whom he called “incompetent.”
The Senate minority leader has supported incumbent Republicans, and a McConnell-aligned super PAC even backed Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who drew Trump’s ire after voting to convict him on the impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection.
McConnell, unlike Cheney, has said he would “absolutely” back Trump if he were the 2024 GOP presidential nominee.
Trump was impeached on the charge of inciting an insurrection in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill siege. Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump, and seven GOP senators voted in favor of conviction. However, Trump was acquitted by the then-GOP-led Senate.
Trump was previously impeached on two Ukraine-related charges in 2019 before being acquitted in the Senate.
Original Author: Carly Roman
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