Trump lashes out at Republican leaders over looming veto override
US President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican leadership in Congress on Tuesday as he faces a humiliating first veto override in the final days of his term over his rejection of a defense bill.
"A disgraceful act of cowardice and total submission by weak people to Big Tech," said Trump, who vetoed the fiscal 2021 defense bill in part because it does not repeal Section 230, a federal law that provides liability protection to internet companies.
"Negotiate a better Bill, or get better leaders, NOW!" he said. "Senate should not approve NDAA (the National Defense Authorization Act) until fixed!!!"
"WE NEED NEW & ENERGETIC REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP," he tweeted.
"Can you imagine if the Republicans stole a Presidential Election from the Democrats -- All hell would break out," he said. "Republican leadership only wants the path of least resistance.
"Our leaders (not me, of course!) are pathetic," he said. "They only know how to lose! P.S. I got MANY Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen Elected. I do believe they forgot!"
Georgia has been a reliably Republican state but it voted narrowly for Biden in the presidential election and Perdue and Loeffler are locked in tight races with Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
Eleventh-hour campaign of chaos
The Democratic-controlled House voted 322 to 87 on Monday to override Trump's veto of the $740.5 billion defense bill, with 109 members of the president's own Republican Party breaking ranks and siding with the Democrats.
The House veto override came a day after Trump caved in to pressure from both Republicans and Democrats and reluctantly signed a $900 billion coronavirus relief and stimulus package that he had also threatened to veto.
Trump threatened for days not to sign the Covid-19 relief and spending bill that had been hammered out by his own treasury secretary and had received broad bipartisan support in Congress.
His surprise move risked shutting down the government from Tuesday and depriving millions of Americans of economic relief badly needed during the pandemic.
He finally backed down under bipartisan pressure and signed the bill at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday night out of sight of television cameras.