Trump attacks Thune: 'He will be primaried in 2022'

President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE went after Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneFor platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Streamlining the process of prior authorization for medical and surgical procedures McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-S.D.) on Tuesday as he put pressure on GOP senators to back efforts to challenge the Electoral College vote when Congress meets on Jan. 6.

The president lashed out at Senate Republicans on Twitter, claiming that they would have lost seats without his endorsement. Trump also suggested that Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, would be “primaried in 2022.”

“Republicans in the Senate so quickly forget. Right now they would be down 8 seats without my backing them in the last Election,” Trump tweeted. “RINO John Thune, ‘Mitch’s boy’, should just let it play out. South Dakota doesn’t like weakness. He will be primaried in 2022, political career over!!!”

The tweet comes after Thune said that efforts to object to the Electoral College vote would “go down like a shot dog” in the Senate. The president is relying on these efforts, led by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksTrust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Mo Brooks defends comments at pro-Trump rally after 'vicious and scurrilous' attacks MORE (R-Ala.), to overturn the election results.


President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE won by more than 70 electoral votes, and attempts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election in courts have been unsuccessful.

House conservatives met with the president, Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFeds walk back claim that Capitol rioters sought 'to capture and assassinate' officials Trump tells aides to never mention Nixon after comparisons McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE and Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiWhat our kids should know after the Capitol Hill riot  How to stop Trump's secret pardons Trump tells aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees: report MORE on Monday to discuss the attempt effort, and several Republican lawmakers said they would object to the results.

However, Brooks would need one senator to join him, and it’s unclear if one will.


Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has suggested he will back it, but Thune, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate Democratic senator: COVID-19 relief is priority over impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack This week: Democrats barrel toward Trump impeachment after Capitol attack MORE (R-Mo.) have urged colleagues not to object to states’ electoral votes.

Meanwhile, the effort will likely not make it past the Democratic-controlled House.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSD governor to challenge amendment legalizing recreational marijuana Eric Trump warns of primary challenges for Republicans who don't object to election results Trump again calls for Noem to primary Thune despite her refusal MORE (R) appeared to rule herself out as a 2022 challenger on Twitter. 

".@johnthune is a friend of mine, and I will not be challenging him," Noem tweeted. "I’m honored to be Governor of South Dakota and will ask the people to give me an opportunity to continue serving them as Governor in 2022."