Steve Bannon worries Mitch McConnell is a 'direct challenge' to Trump

Steve Bannon worries Mitch McConnell is a 'direct challenge' to Trump
Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Wikimedia Commons

Like many other Republicans, former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is not pleased with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for siding with Democratic lawmakers on lifting the debt ceiling.

On Friday, December 17, Bannon torched the top-ranking Republican lawmaker during the latest segment of his War Room podcast. Bannon's remarks were reportedly a reaction to McConnell's recent interview on Spectrum News where he applauded the investigative work of the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. In fact, McConnell even described the deadly day as "horrendous."

"I think the fact-finding is interesting. We're all going to be watching it," the top Senate Republican explained. "It was a horrendous event, and I think what they're seeking to find out is something the public needs to know."

For many Republicans, McConnell's remarks were baffling because it contradicts his previous opposition toward creating the investigative committee in the first place. "He is a direct challenge to President Trump, and Trump is trying to lead this country through these horrible times," Bannon said. "Mitch McConnell, that dirtbag right there, gave the Biden regime $2.5 trillion to fund their madness."

Although no Republicans voted in favor of the $2.5 trillion debt ceiling increase, McConnell and 13 additional Senate Republicans "voted to advance the deal that allowed Democrats to pass the increase with a simple majority vote," reports Newsweek.

According to Bannon, McConnell's latest actions would likely guarantee that he will not be the majority leader again if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Confident of his projection, Bannon said, he was "as sure as the turning of the Earth" as he labeled McConnell a "'little wimp,' claiming that he 'loves' being referred to as 'leader,'" reports Newsweek.

"Here's what your legacy will be. People are going to throw up in their mouth," Bannon said to McConnell. "You have betrayed the Republican Party. You've betrayed this movement. You're only there because of Trump. You never had any loyalty."

Bannon's latest remarks come months after McConnell weighed in on the U.S. Capitol insurrection as he acknowledged former President Donald Trump's role in the Capitol riots.

"There's no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it," McConnell said from the Senate floor back in February. "The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president."

He added, "The leader of the free world cannot spend weeks thundering that shadowy forces are stealing our country and then feign surprise when people believe him and do reckless things."

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