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‘Unsmiling political hack’: Trump issues blistering statement against Mitch McConnell

Former President Donald Trump has released a scathing rebuke of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), calling the GOP leader an “unsmiling political hack” and warning Republicans against listening to the longtime lawmaker.

What are the details?

Trump issued a lengthy statement focused solely on attacking McConnell.

It began:

The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political “leaders” like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.

After blaming McConnell for the GOP losing control of the Senate, the former president argued that “McConnell has no credibility on China because of his family’s substantial Chinese business holdings,” before saying of the minority leader, “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.”

Trump’s statement comes after McConnell delivered two public condemnations of Trump for his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.

The Senate voted over the weekend to acquit Trump after the House impeached him on one charge of inciting an insurrection. Although McConnell himself voted to acquit citing constitutional grounds, he delivered a floor speech following the vote where he declared, “There’s no question — none — that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of [Jan. 6].”

McConnell went on to pen an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal where he defended his vote, but reiterated again that there is “no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility” for the Capitol siege.

However, McConnell attempted to leave the door open for Trump to continue to influence the party at least to some degree, telling The Journal in a separate story, “I’m not assuming that, to the extent the former president wants to continue to be involved, he won’t be a constructive part of the process.”

The finger pointing between Trump and McConnell comes as the GOP has experienced fracturing surrounding Trump’s second impeachment in a year, where Republican members in both the House and Senate joined Democrats in voting to convict the former president.

Trump has reportedly discussed the possibility of breaking away from the GOP to launch his own “MAGA” or “Patriot Party,” but made no mention of that in his statement. Instead, he signaled his intent to continue to influence the Republican Party, writing, “Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”

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Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Kanye West, Joe Biden, and others hacked in ‘unprecedented’ breach

Several high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday, with the perpetrators sending tweets from victims in an apparent scam seeking funds via Bitcoin.

What are the details?

Accounts of corporations, celebrities, billionaires, and politicians were hijacked in a massive hacking scheme, including Apple, Uber, Kanye West, Elon Musk, and Joe Biden.

Wired reported that during the afternoon, several prominent accounts including “major cryptocurrency players were hacked within minutes of each other,” and that “they all shared an identical message about ‘giving back to the community’ and a link to a site called ‘cryptoforhealth.'” The outlet called the security breach “unprecedented.”

Over the course of a few hours, the scammers were able to collect more than $100,000 from people who clicked on the link and submitted funds.

As news of the hack went viral, Twitter locked the accounts of its verified “blue checkmark” users, disabling them from sending tweets as the social media platform investigated. The company’s support team tweeted, “We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.”

Anything else?

While Twitter scrambled to address the massive hacking issue, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) — who has been critical of the platform — sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding answers.

The senator voiced his concern that that “a successful attack on your system’s servers represents a threat to all of your users’ privacy and date security.”

“Please reach out immediately to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and take any necessary measures to secure the site before this breach expands,” Hawley wrote.

He then requested that Twitter respond to a series of questions after “immediate concerns” of the security incident have been handled, including, “Did this attack threaten the security of the President’s own Twitter account?”

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