Former President Donald Trump directly mocked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday night, saying on his social media platform that the Kentucky Republican had a “death wish” for supporting “Democrat-backed bills.”
Trump, in the Truth Social post, also mocked McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao – who was born in Taiwan and served as Trump’s transportation secretary – calling McConnell’s “Chinese wife, Coco Chow!”
Trump’s endorsement of McConnell and Chao’s derision came hours after Congress passed and President Joe Biden signed a funding bill to avert a federal government shutdown. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 72-25 on Thursday and the House by a vote of 230-201 on Friday.
In addition to the cash for government agencies to move forward, the short-term funding measure provides Ukraine with about $12 trillion, and includes funding for disaster relief. This measure finances the government until December 16.
“Is McConnell accepting all these trillions of dollars backed by Democrats, without the slightest negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I’m against them, or is he doing it because he thinks he is? In the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is he ready to take the country with him?’ Trump wrote it. “In any case, both reasons are unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. He must immediately ask his beloved Chinese wife, Coco Chow, for help and advice!
Trump has previously described congressional Republicans as having a “death wish.” In late 2020, Democrats opted for $2,000 coronavirus stimulus checks, instead of the $600 checks that Republicans had called for. He said on Twitter at the time: “If Republicans don’t have a death wish, and it’s the right thing to do, they need to accept $2,000 in payments ASAP. $600 IS NOT ENOUGH!”
It was unclear what bills Trump was criticizing Friday, or what he meant, as he accused McConnell of believing in the Green New Deal, a set of progressive proposals that McConnell had prevented from coming to the Senate floor for a vote when he was majority leader. .
McConnell said this week that he would support legislation that would make it harder to revoke presidential election certificates, boosting its chances of passing the chamber and putting it at odds with Trump’s.
McConnell’s office had no comment on Trump’s comments about Truth Social.
CNN has reached out to Trump’s representatives for comment.
The former president’s attack on McConnell comes just weeks after the midterm elections, with early voting already underway in some states.
McConnell’s hopes of becoming Senate majority leader depend on whether candidates Trump has endorsed in several key states’ Republican primaries win in November.
In a veiled ad that helped Trump boost GOP candidates, McConnell cited the “quality of the candidates” at an August event in Kentucky as downplaying the party’s chances of winning control of the Senate.
However, McConnell’s political arm, including a McConnell-affiliated super PAC, has poured tens of millions of dollars into those races, and Trump has largely stopped spending money to support candidates he supported.