Lou Dobbs knocks 'petty' Republicans criticizing Trump

Fox Business host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsTucker Carlson extends influence on GOP  Former Trump press aide: We went to Fox News 'to get what we wanted out' Court sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others MORE on Friday attacked top Republicans for not standing with former President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE after he endorsed them, calling them "petty" and ungrateful.

Dobbs, a vocal backer of Trump, went after Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielBiden's strategy for midterm elections comes into focus DNC hits GOP for having 'no agenda,' echoing Biden Romney says it 'would be nuts' for the RNC to block candidates from commission debates MORE, saying she had "lost her way," and criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyVirginia's new AG sacks lawyers at University of Virginia, George Mason House has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Mask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the team McConnell says he made 'inadvertent omission' in voting remarks amid backlash These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (Ky.), calling them "managers" and not "leaders."

“The Mitch McConnells, the Kevin McCarthys, they are frankly not up to snuff. These are not leaders. They may be managers of money, fundraising, trying to pick winners and losers amongst a host of candidates, whether it’s the House or the Senate. They are not doing much for the American people,” Dobbs said during an interview with former Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHouse has the power to subpoena its members — but does it have the will? Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview MORE.

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“I’ve never seen a president whose endorsement mattered more in terms of results, nor have I seen more recipients of such an endorsement be less grateful and, in point of fact, be, well, peevish, petty and vindictive against a man they obviously are jealous of and who they fear mightily for his influence among the base, some 75 million people,” Dobbs added later.

Dobbs said it is “pitiful to watch” McConnell’s face when Trump is mentioned and went after McDaniel for the GOP losing the presidency and control of the Senate. His remarks came after McDaniel told The Associated Press this week that the RNC would remain neutral if Trump ran again in 2024.

The Fox Business host turned his ire to Democrats, referring to them as the “party of hate” and criticizing them for calling for a censure of Trump, asserting they are doing so only because they know they do not have enough votes to convict Trump in his upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

“Censure, are you kidding me? Are you going to be able to unite conservatives and Republicans and stop that as well? I mean, that’s just ignorance,” Dobbs said. 

The impeachment trial in the Senate will begin on Feb. 9. Democrats would need 17 Republicans to side with them in order to impeach Trump. Many Republicans have sought to distance themselves from the former president since the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, though the Senate is likely to acquit Trump, with most GOP senators voting earlier this week against holding an impeachment trial.

“If the Republican Party didn’t have the Trump First, America First policies in all areas ... the Republican Party wouldn’t be standing for much,” Dobbs said.