Former President Trump blasted Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, calling him a “dumb son of a b—-,” in decidely off-script remarks at a significant Republican National Committee donor gathering Saturday evening.
The occasion came about at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago membership in Palm Beach, Florida, the place the nation’s forty fifth president delivered a keynote handle that always veered away from an advance launch of his speech.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—-, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen,” Trump mentioned of the certification of the 2020 election outcomes on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, in line with The Washington Post.
“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,” Trump mentioned, additionally referring to the election as “bulls—” at one level.
Trump vowed within the speech he would assist Republicans win again the bulk in Congress in 2022.
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate,” he mentioned in his ready remarks, in line with Reuters.
Trump didn’t say whether or not he plans to run for president once more however assured donors “in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House.”
He mentioned any potential bulletins of his personal candidacy would seemingly come after the 2022 midterms, in line with Reuters.
‘Disappointed’ in Pence
Trump reportedly strayed from his ready remarks a number of occasions throughout the roughly 50-minute speech, together with when he spoke about McConnell.
The former president additionally mentioned he was “disappointed” that former Vice President Mike Pence had not fought the certification of the election in January.
“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures,” Trump lamented of the 2020 Electoral College outcomes, in line with the Post. “I like him so much. I was so disappointed.”
“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures.”
Neither Pence nor McConnell have been reportedly in attendance.
Trump additionally reportedly repeated claims concerning the November election being rigged, which state courts rejected.
Condemning the state of affairs on the border, Trump mentioned, “They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers.”
Fauci ‘filled with crap’
Trump additionally went after Elaine Chao, his former transportation secretary and McConnell’s spouse, who resigned after the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. He claimed after he employed Chao she by no means mentioned “thank you.”
He touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic final 12 months and mocked White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for first advising in opposition to masks at the start of the pandemic and he joked that Fauci now desires Americans to put on “five” masks.
“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he requested of Fauci, in line with the Post.
Trump even mentioned somebody lately urged the vaccine needs to be known as “Trumpcine” due to Operation Warp Speed, which helped speed up the event of the vaccines final 12 months.
He praised Govs. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Ron DeSantis of Florida for reopening their economies whereas different states remained closed throughout the pandemic.
Aside from Saturday evening’s Mar-a-Lago soiree, a majority of the occasions throughout the three-day GOP retreat this weekend have been held on the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Politico reported.