Lou Dobbs knocks 'petty' Republicans criticizing Trump

Fox Business host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsFormer Trump press aide: We went to Fox News 'to get what we wanted out' Court sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Fox News says Smartmatic lawsuit should be dismissed MORE on Friday attacked top Republicans for not standing with former President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips 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 McDanielRNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach Conservatives praise Rittenhouse jury verdict RNC chair contradicts Trump: 'Biden won the election' MORE, saying she had "lost her way," and criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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 MeadowsRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Jan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Trump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims 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.