Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday waved off former President Trump’s preferred nickname for the Kentucky Republican — “Old Crow” — saying, “It’s my favorite bourbon.”
“Aren’t we using Old Crow as my moniker now? It was Henry Clay’s favorite bourbon,” McConnell said to a member of his staff during an interview with the Washington Examiner. He was referring to a spirit distilled by Beam Suntory of the same name.
Trump has frequently derided McConnell as “Old Crow Mitch” in statements issued through his Save America PAC.
The former president expressed his frustration when the Senate GOP leader worked with Democrats and other Republicans to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law and accused McConnell in October of “folding” to Democrats over raising the debt ceiling.
In a deal negotiated by McConnell, 14 Republican senators helped all 50 Senate Democrats in December overcome a procedural hurdle in ultimately allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling on their own despite some blowback he received from members of his caucus.
In his interview with the Examiner, he argued that an alternative scenario would have been made for Republicans.