Log Cabin Republicans thank Donald Trump for 'standing up for family'

Thursday, 18 Feb, 2021

Instead, it has drawn Mr. McConnell into a vicious feud with the former president, who lashed out at him on Tuesday as a "dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack", and given new cause for Republican division that could spill into the midterm elections.

The findings laid bare what researchers described as two competing political realities, with one side believing Biden rightly won the election and another claiming Trump did.

"Where necessary and appropriate", Trump said in his Tuesday statement, "I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First".

The former president also criticized McConnell for not being grateful for Trump's endorsement in his 2020 Senate race against Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath.

The opportunity may come soon, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announcing on Monday that Congress will establish an independent commission to investigate the causes of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and supporters of Trump.

And subpoena former President Trump and get his sworn testimony.

The group suggests that Trump was the "the first pro-gay president when entering office", a weird claim given he made no pledges on LGBT+ rights at all in 2016 or 2020 aside from his pledge to sign a proposed law to permit anti-LGBT+ discrimination on the grounds of religion. McConnell says he is most interested in Republican congressional nominees who can win and retake control of both chambers of Congress from the Democrats. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on January 13 for inciting insurrection, but McConnell declined to reconvene the Senate ahead of its scheduled January 20 session for the impeachment trial.

Trump was acquitted in a 57-43 Senate vote that fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction of inciting the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Trump adviser Jason Miller said an "earlier (version of the) statement was likely tougher".

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Republicans are divided over the role Trump and Trumpism should play in the future of their party.

Trump's statement comes after McConnell said Saturday that the former president was "practically and morally responsible" for the storming of the Capitol.

He called Mr Trump's actions leading up to the siege, including a White House rally where the then-president urged followers to descend on Congress, "a disgraceful dereliction of duty". History will judge the Republicans harshly for their cowardice and complicity, but Congress, which is still controlled by Democrats, can not let this matter rest.

Last week, a prosecutor in Georgia revealed she was investigating Trump's efforts to subvert the state's results in the November 3 election by pressuring local officials to alter the vote count. "He is very circumspect, very disciplined in his speech, and I think the speech he gave on the floor regarding former President Trump came right from his heart", Ms. Capito said in an interview.