Trump threatened to primary GOP lawmakers
ALSO Former President Donald Trump left no words unspoken in his most direct attempt yet to tank President Joe
Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure deal.
The GOP front man threatened “lots of primaries” ahead for any Republican lawmakers who cooperated with
Democrats to get the bipartisan deal passed. Infrastructure bill
His statement was released after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced ahead of the procedural
vote in the Senate on Wednesday that he would vote to advance the measure. Seventeen Republicans —
including McConnell — joined all 50 Democrats to advance the bipartisan legislation, in a major test for the bill.
The vote came hours after a group of 10 Republican and Democratic negotiators announced they struck a deal
with the White House for $550 billion in new spending — $30 billion less than was included in a prior agreement.
Trump, who floated plans for infrastructure spending throughout his presidency, has railed against negotiations
in recent days, telling Republican lawmakers to skip the talks — not, it seems, because of any specific issues with
the substance but because passage of a bill would be “a victory for the Biden administration and Democrats” and
“heavily used in the 2022 election.” Infrastructure bill
ALSO “Don’t do it Republicans — Patriots will never forget!” he wrote. “If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be
coming your way.”
The former president has already endorsed primary challengers to try to unseat Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. Infrastructure bill
Despite his defeat at the ballot box in November, Trump maintains massive power in the Republican Party and
has been making a show of handing out endorsements — or rejections. Most recently, however, on Tuesday, a
Trump-backed candidate in Texas lost in a congressional special election. Infrastructure bill
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Trump threatened to primary GOP lawmakers who favor the bipartisan infrastructure plan. 17 Republicans just voted to advance it, including Mitch McConnell.