Trump Goes After Fauci, McConnell in New Interview

Former President Donald Trump called Dr. Anthony Fauci a 'promoter' and said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was 'hanging by a thread,' in a podcast interview that was released Monday.

The ex-president appeared on the inaugural episode of 'The Truth with Lisa Boothe,' and went after the nation's top infectious disease expert and his party's Senate leader, as Trump's relationship with both men has publicly soured.

'Mitch McConnell should have fought. He did nothing. He should have fought,' Trump said, railing against McConnell for not fully supporting his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

'I don't really want to talk to him,' Trump said of McConnell when Boothe asked if the two men had spoken. 'He's hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster,' Trump then offered.

Some Democratic senators have backed nuking the filibuster, which would allow President Joe Biden to get more big-ticket Congressional items passed, as the 60-vote threshold would be nixed.

Trump predicted that moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who's against ending the legislative filibuster, would end up going along with members of his party who want to see it gone.

'I think we need better leadership than Mitch McConnell. He can't rein in his own people. We have the Mitt Romneys of the world and then Ben Sasses of the world. He needs to be able to rein them in,' Trump also said, naming two of his top GOP critics in the Senate. 'And now they knock out the filibuster and it's going to be a real problem.'

Trump also spent part of the interview defending his response to the coronavirus pandemic, and pushing that Fauci was wrong.

'He's a better pitcher of a baseball than he is at what he does because he is wrong so much,' Trump said, alluding to Fauci's wayward pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener last year. 'Fauci's been so wrong, so has Birx, they've been so wrong,' Trump said, name-dropping Dr. Deborah Birx, another prominent members of his coronavirus taskforce.

Trump said he was right in letting states stay open if they wanted and claimed that states that went into lockdown 'ruined their economies.'

'They've ruined their states,' he said.

Also:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, as well as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

These are the people Donald Trump views as the future of the Republican Party.

“Well, I think we have a lot of people, we have a lot of young good people,” he began. “Ron DeSantis is doing a really good job in Florida and I think Josh Hawley has shown some real courage in going after Big Tech, you know they go after him. Josh is terrific.”

“And, you know, somebody that’s been really terrific is Ted Cruz. He and I had it out for a while, actually we were very close,” the former president continued, noting their brutal brawl for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

“Even during the campaign and then it got nasty, the press would say, ‘When’s the nastiness going to start?’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’ll start.’ And then it got very, very you know, rather violent and vicious, but then it simmered down and he’s been great,” he continued, noting the positive working relationship the two built in the years since.

Trump then name-dropped a few other notable Republicans before expressing confidence in the party when it came to its talent pool.

“And Rand Paul has been great. A lot of people, I mean really a lot of people have been terrific. Sarah Huckabee is going to do great in Arkansas. I think that Kristi Noem has done a terrific job. A lot of very good people, really very good people.”

“The Republican Party is stacked.”

Source: NY Post