NRSC Chairman Rick Scott offered President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC’s inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) participates in a swearing-in ceremony for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence, as his spouse, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, holds the Bible within the Old Senate Chambers on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, January 3, 2021.
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A day after getting his award, Trump reportedly lashed out at McConnell as the previous president was chatting with a bunch of Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago. Trump claimed that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would have overturned the election outcomes if a Democratic candidate stood to realize.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—” Mitch McConnell, they might by no means permit it to occur,” Trump told the crowd at the event, which was held by the Republican National Committee. “They would have fought it.”
A source told NBC News that Trump griped that “an actual chief” never would have accepted the Electoral College results showing he lost.
Trump additionally went after McConnell’s spouse, Elaine Chao, who resigned as Trump’s Transportation secretary a day after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the place supporters of the then-president rampaged through the halls of Congress, disrupting proceedings that were confirming Biden’s victory.
“I employed his spouse,” Trump griped. “Did he ever say thanks?”
“She suffered so vastly,” Trump said sarcastically.
McConnell has blamed Trump for inciting the riot but voted against convicting the former president at his Senate impeachment trial in February.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Monday that its Champion of Freedom award is “offered to conservative leaders who’ve labored tirelessly to create good jobs, defend the values that make our nation nice, and cease the Democrats’ socialist agenda.”
“As president, Donald Trump delivered for the American folks by appointing three pro-Constitution judges to the Supreme Court, slicing taxes for middle-class households and job creators, and securing the border,” the NRSC said in a statement.
On Sunday, the second ranking Republican in the party’s leadership in the Senate, Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota, did not criticize Trump for his attack on McConnell.
Thune, when asked on “Fox News Sunday” about Trump’s scathing remarks, said he believes “lots of that rhetoric is a part of the fashion and tone that comes with the previous president.”
“But I believe he and Mitch McConnell have a standard purpose,” said Thune.
“And that’s getting the bulk again in 2022, and hopefully ultimately that would be the factor that unites us.”