Former President Donald Trump told Glenn Beck that he believes that Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) “would be much better than” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Republican Senate Majority Leader.
Glenn Beck of Blaze TV asked Trump if he would support Sen. Scott to replace Sen. McConnell as Republican Senate Leader in the event that the GOP controls the Senate following the midterm elections.
“Well, I think Rick is very good. I think he’s highly underrated, smart guy works hard, tirelessly. He was a great governor of Florida. He did a great job, but he’s a very good senator,” Trump said.
“And it's a little tough because you know, McConnell gives everybody their $20 million,” Trump said after which Beck interrupted him in order to mention that If Trump “got behind” Scott, the American populace would exert pressure on the other Senators to agree with the leadership change.
“Well, I think he’s got a lot of pressure,” Trump replied. “He’s his wife is a big person for Chinese investment, and his family and him in China. I don’t think that’s appropriate. No, I think Rick Scott would be much better than McConnell.”
Trump then slammed McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, Trump's former Transportation Secretary, for quitting her job in the aftermath of the Capitol protests.
I know, McConnell, well, I guess probably better than most. And his wife, I call her CoCo Chow, but she worked for me for four years, but she was so heartbroken. You know? Like, she’s got this big heart. She was so heartbroken at the January 6, even though it had nothing to do with me. And she left, you know, a week and a half early to make her big statement on the way out the door. So I was glad to see her go, but she wanted to make that statement.
“Now I’m not a fan of McConnell and I am a fan of Rick Scott, and you have others in there that would be very good,” Trump said.
Trump's reluctance to endorse McConnell in his role as Republican Senate Chairman comes as certain GOP Senators have stated that they won't support McConnell to lead the Senate should Republicans assume power over the Senate.
For instance, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) declared that he will not vote for McConnell in a statement to reporters “I don't imagine I will, no,” when asked what he would do.
Additionally, Arizona Republican Senate hopeful Blake Masters told reporters that McConnell “will not own me,” prior to saying they needed “new leadership” in the Republican Senate.