Trump-directed email criticizes McConnell, includes polling graphic

WASHINGTON — House Republicans received an email Monday from a White House aide that showed a graphic critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and that said it was sent at the request of President Donald Trump.

The email was from Molly A. Michael, special assistant to the president and Oval Office operations coordinator, according to two House Republicans who received the email.

A graphic was attached to the email, obtained by NBC News, and it showed a timeline of McConnell’s polling numbers since May against his 2020 Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath. It suggested that McConnell was re-elected only because of Trump.

It said: “Sadly, Mitch forgot. He was the first one off the ship!”

The email suggested Trump is good for the Republican Party and led to the re-elections of GOP members. This comes as congressional Republicans face pressure to defend the president and challenge the election results.

The email was sent after a meeting between the president and House Republicans Monday about “fighting back” in support of unfounded claims of voter fraud.

McConnell recognized Joe Biden’s election victory and called him the president-elect last Tuesday, after the Electoral College certified his win.

Requests for comment from McConnell’s office and the White House were not immediately returned.

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