Former President Donald Trump attacked the House of Representatives of Texas Speaker Dade Phelan in a statement Saturday by comparing him to the US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and threatens the possibility of backing a major challenge.
Trump’s statement came because of Phelan’s discontinuation of the state Senate’s attempt to pass Texas Bill 47 (SB 47), which would allow party officials to continue with county audits-including the results of the 2020 presidential election. Although SB 47 passed the state Senate, the law of audit is currently not on the agenda of the state House for the legislative session.
“Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan is another Mitch McConnell. He’s not fighting for the people of Texas. Speaker Phelan should immediately move Senator Bettencourt’s Forensic Audit bill, SB 47 that was passed in the State Senate this week, on the floor, ”Trump said in a statement shared by his spokesperson Liz Harrington.
The former president said that Republicans in Texas is “tired of Phelan’s poor RINO [Republican in name only] leadership in the State House. “He ended his criticism by floating the possibility of endorsing a major challenge against Phelan if he didn’t comply with his request.
“If it doesn’t pass soon, we hope to see him mainly in Texas. It will be done one way, or the other!” Trump said.
Trump repeatedly attacked McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol and his impeachment trial that followed that attack. McConnell refused to vote to convict Trump, saying it was unconstitutional to do so because the former president was not in office at the time the vote was held. However, he condemned Trump and directly blamed him for the violence committed by his supporters.
“There is no question – nothing – that President Trump is responsible for the practical and moral management of events today. There is no question about it. The people who rushed to this building believe that they are acting on the intentions and instructions of their president, ”McConnell said at the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial.
“The leader of the free world cannot spend a few weeks in the thunder that the shady forces steal our country and then pretend surprise when people believe in him and do reckless things,” he asserted. of the GOP leader.
Trump responded quickly with a statement attacking the Republican legislature.
“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hacker, and if Republican Senators stay with him, they will never win again. He will never do what should be done, or what is right for us. Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will support major rivals who agree on Making America Great and again our American policy, “the former president said at the time.
‘SB 47 of Texas’ would give all state or county party officials the authority to trigger a mandatory review of the election in November 2020. Although Trump won Texas by more than 630,000 votes, the former president and his allies continue to baselessly claim that the election was “manipulated” in favor of the President. Joe Biden across the country. No evidence has been presented to substantiate this extraordinary allegation.
Conversely, dozens of election challenge lawsuits brought by Trump and his supporters have failed in state and federal courts. Even former presidential judges and other Republican -appointed judges have denied the allegations. Audits and recounts on major battlefield states-including areas where the election was monitored of pro-Trump Republicans—Reaffirmed Biden’s success.
Former US Attorney General William Barr, who is widely viewed as one of the most loyal members of Trump’s Cabinet, said last December that there is “no evidence” of widespread fraud that will change the election results.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in Department of Homeland Security said last year that the election was the “safest in American history.” The federal agency, which is headed by a Trump nominee, noted that “there is no evidence that any voting system has removed or lost votes, altered votes, or in any way been compromised.”
Newsweek reached Phelan’s office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.