Defeat for ex-President Trump: In a power struggle among Republicans, one of his supporters has to admit defeat. The former leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, will retain his post. He had recently been criticized by the Trump camp.
In the US Senate, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell has defended his post against a challenger from former President Donald Trump's camp. He prevailed in a secret ballot against Senator Rick Scott of Florida. He got 37 votes, ten senators voted for Scott, as McConnell told journalists.
Trump, who announced on Tuesday that he wants to run in the 2024 presidential election, has been attacking McConnell for some time. McConnell, in turn, explained the poor result in the election with aggressive Republican rhetoric, for which the Trump camp is known.
It performed poorly with moderate Republicans and independent voters, even when they were dissatisfied with President Biden's performance, he said. "They looked at us and came to the conclusion: too much chaos, too much negativity." McConnell gave examples of states in which candidates supported by Trump lost - but did not name the ex-president.