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Nervous Trump Rips Former U.S. Marine Fighter Pilot For Challenging ‘Great Senator’ McConnell In 2020

Donald Trump attacks Amy McGrath for Challenging Mitch McConnell in 2020

On Tuesday evening, an increasingly nervous President Donald Trump descended into a Twitter hysteria, slamming Kentucky Democratic candidate Amy McGrath over her announcement that she will challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat in Kentucky, complaining that she compared his election to 9/11.

“Democrats are coming after our great Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell, with someone who compared my election to September 11th,” Trump tweeted.

“Why would Kentucky ever think of giving up the most powerful position in Congress, the Senate Majority Leader, for a freshman Senator with little power in what will hopefully be the minority party. We need Mitch in the Senate to Keep America Great!!” he added.

Amy McGrath, a former U.S. Marine fighter pilot and Democratic political candidate, was the first female pilot to fly the FA-18 on a combat mission. McGrath served for 20 years in the Marine Corps during which time she flew 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Of course, her accomplishments on behalf of the US are far greater than both Trump’s and McConnel’s combined. Still, Trump couldn’t help himself and decided to attack her.

Last year, McGrath lamented Trump’s White House victory, saying it felt similar to the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me,” she said. “I felt like, ‘what has just happened to my country?’ The only feeling I can describe that’s any close to it was the feeling I had after 9/11,” she added.

McGrath defended her past remarks during an appearance Tuesday on CNN while acknowledging that Trump supporters “might be upset” by her past comparison.”

“What I was talking about was the fact that, you know, nobody really expected President Trump to win. And I was talking also about the entire 2016 cycle,” she said, pointing to rhetoric about “fake news” and the “labeling of each other” during the election.

McGrath announced her Senate bid against McConnell earlier Tuesday, arguing that the longtime GOP leader has helped drive the dysfunction on Capitol Hill.

McConnell “was elected a lifetime ago” and has “bit by bit, year by year, turned Washington into something we all despise,” she said.

McConnell has emerged as one of the Trump administration’s staunchest allies in the Senate, helping pass legislation to support the White House’s agenda and ushering through Trump’s judicial nominees, including two Supreme Court picks. McConnel has also blocked any attempt by House Democrats to hold Trump accountable for his alleged crimes while in office.

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