The former president called the Senate minority leader a “dumb son of a bitch,” according the person who heard the remarks.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a bitch Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” he said.
Trump also reportedly mocked the senator’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, over her decision to resign in the wake of the January 6 riot. “I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you? She suffered so greatly,” Trump said.
The former president also criticized Vice President Mike Pence for certifying the election. “I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures … I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” he said.
This was not the first time Trump has criticized McConnell since leaving office. In February, Trump bashed McConnell in a statement, characterizing him as a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) called Trump’s comments as concerning and unhelpful when questioned during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) also condemned Trump’s comments in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“The former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6,” she said. “The election wasn’t stolen. There was a judicial process in place. If you attack the judicial process and you attack the rule of law, you aren’t defending the Constitution. You’re at war with the Constitution.”