Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Republicans to use the debt ceiling to hold the country hostage in an attempt to block President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda.
Trump failed to get Republicans to block the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, which was half of Biden's infrastructure package. As the reconciliation bill — the second half of Biden's infrastructure agenda — nears a vote, Trump emailed a statement urging Republicans to keep Biden from securing a victory.
"When the Broken Old Crow, Mitch McConnell, agreed to a two-month extension, he allowed the Democrats to get their act together and pass the $1.2 Trillion 'Non-Infrastructure' Green New Deal Bill," Trump said while complaining about the bill.
"This was all allowed by Mitch McConnell's incompetence and now I understand that a couple Republican Senators may get on board so that they can have yet another and even bigger victory, for the Democrats, while at the same time ensuring massive Inflation and the destruction of our Country as we know it," Trump complained. "This is what happens when you allow a guy who lost an Election to take over the Office of the President. He obviously had no mandate, but they're changing our Country and everything it stands for."
"Mitch McConnell couldn't stop the first Bill so 19 Senators, including himself, joined in. That's what he does—if you can't beat them, join them. If he wasn't so stupid and didn't give the two-month extension, he could have stopped it all," Trump said. "Now he and his RINO friends will allow a much bigger and far worse Bill to pass, ruining our Country while giving the Democrats a great political lift, all at the same time."
Trump put all the blame at McConnell's feet.
"This is the Broken Old Crow's fault. He could have won it all using the Debt Ceiling—they were ready to fold. Now the Democrats have a big victory and the wind at their back. McConnell is a fool and he damn well better stop their 'Dream of Communism Bill' and keep his Senators in line, or he should resign now, something he should have done a long time ago. Use the Debt Ceiling like it should have been used, you Old Broken Crow, to do so would hurt our Country far less than this horrible Bill. Any Republican in the House or Senate who votes for this Bill will never ever get a Trump Endorsement," Trump threatened.
In October, Trump also urged Republicans to use the debt ceiling as leverage.
"Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell. Stand strong for our Country. The American people are with you!" Trump urged before the vote.
But McConnell and ten other Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a debt ceiling extension.
Trump also had a similar message in August.
"Joe Biden's infrastructure bill is a disgrace. If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we've seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package," Trump wrote. "Joe Biden's infrastructure bill will be used against the Republican Party in the upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. It will be very hard for me to endorse anyone foolish enough to vote in favor of this deal."
That vote was even more lopsided, with 18 Republicans joining McConnell to pass the bill.
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