Former President Donald Trump once more lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling the highest Republican a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone cold loser” in an extended rant at a Republican donor event Saturday evening during which he reiterated his false claims that he gained the election final fall.
Trump, in keeping with a supply accustomed to his remarks, mentioned “a real leader” by no means would have accepted the electoral outcomes. The narrative, which Trump spun for months after he misplaced, led to the lethal Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and his second impeachment trial quickly after.
Rioters contained in the Capitol might be heard in a video chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” they usually erected a gallows outside the building. Trump additionally mentioned Saturday that he was “disappointed” that Pence, his former vp, affirmed the Electoral College votes.
Referring to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., he mentioned: “If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—- Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it.”
After the impeachment trial, McConnell excoriated Trump for his conduct, although he didn’t vote to convict him. Soon after, Trump released a long statement blasting McConnell as “a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”
Days later, McConnell said he would back Trump for president if he have been the 2024 GOP nominee. At about the identical time, Trump started endorsing Republican senators who had criticized his conduct across the riot, like Jerry Moran of Kansas and John Boozman of Arkansas, for re-election.
Trump addressed the group of Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago membership in Florida for about an hour. His speech was the one a part of the Republican National Committee donor retreat that came about there; different occasions have been held at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach. Last month, Trump’s attorneys requested the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to stop using his name and likeness to raise money as he pushed donors to present on to his committee.
Speaking Saturday, Trump additionally mocked former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, McConnell’s spouse, who resigned from his administration after the riot.
“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump mentioned, including sarcastically: “She suffered so greatly.”
In saying he was “so disappointed” with Pence for affirming President Joe Biden’s victory, Trump added, “I like him so much.”
He praised attendees of his “Save America” rally on Jan. 6 — which preceded the Capitol riot.
Trump mentioned he was not getting sufficient credit score for his administration’s overseeing the event of the Covid-19 vaccines, which he recommended must be known as the “Trumpcine.”
He repeated his longtime mockery of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for his errant opening pitch at a Washington Nationals recreation final summer season and for his pandemic evaluation and recommendation, saying Fauci is “so full of crap.”
Representatives for Trump, Pence and McConnell didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., mentioned Trump “is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6.”
“As a party, we need to be focused on the future. We need to be focused on embracing the Constitution, not embracing insurrection,” mentioned Cheney, one among 10 House Republicans who voted to question Trump for his conduct across the riot.
“And I think it’s very important for people to realize that a fundamental part of the Constitution and of who we are as Americans is the rule of law. It’s the judicial process,” she mentioned. “The election wasn’t stolen. There was a judicial process in place. If you attack the judicial process and you attack the rule of law, you’re not defending the Constitution. You’re at war with the Constitution.”
Addressing Trump’s remarks about McConnell, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., mentioned on “Fox News Sunday” that he believes “a lot of that rhetoric is part of the style and tone that comes with the former president.”
“But I think he and Mitch McConnell have a common goal,” mentioned Thune, the second-highest rating Senate Republican. “And that is getting the majority back in 2022, and hopefully in the end that will be the thing that unites us.”
On NCS’s “State of the Union,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican whom Trump lambasted final week after he vetoed an anti-transgender well being care invoice, mentioned, “Anything that’s divisive is a concern and is not helpful for us fighting the battles in Washington and at the state level.
“In some methods, it isn’t a giant deal what he mentioned,” Hutchinson added. “But at the identical time, each time it attracts consideration, we do not want that. We want unity. We have to be centered collectively. We have slim majorities — or slim numbers — in Washington, and we’ve got obtained battles to struggle. So, we have to get past that.”