Trump bashes Senate Republicans, McConnell over infrastructure bill

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE on Sunday doubled down on his criticism of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE (R-Ky.) and other Senate Republicans who voted in favor of passing a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“All Republicans who voted for Democrat longevity should be ashamed of themselves, in particular Mitch McConnell, for granting a two month stay which allowed the Democrats time to work things out at our Country’s, and the Republican Party’s, expense!” Trump said in a statement.

The former president called Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill “RINOs” — a widely used term he favors that means “Republicans in name only.” Trump suggested that Democrats would take advantage of Republicans by enlisting their support to pass their $1.75 trillion social spending bill.


“How about all of those Republican Senators that voted thinking that helping the Democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically correct. They just don’t get it!” Trump said.

On Friday, House Democrats finally managed to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill by a 228-206 tally to send a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to President BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE’s desk. Three Democratic caucuses negotiated a deal that also passed a procedural rule that would tee up a future vote on Democrats’ social spending bill. 

Trump's targeting of Senate Republicans comes after the chamber passed the infrastructure bill in a 69-30 vote that included 19 GOP senators, including McConnell.

The House vote also included the support of 13 Republicans but not six progressive Democrats. 

Hours before the Senate was poised to vote on ending debate on the infrastructure bill in August, Trump again bashed McConnell and other Republican lawmakers for supporting the bill. Trump also said that he could use their support of the legislation as a weapon for future endorsements.

Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” Trump wrote at the time. “If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”