He saved a lot of his vitriol for Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority chief, calling him a “dumb son of a bitch” and a “stone cold loser,’’ according to the attendee. A “real leader,” he mentioned, would by no means have accepted the outcomes of that election.
Late in his remarks, Mr. Trump praised the group that attended his rally on Jan. 6, admiring how giant it was, the attendee mentioned. Mr. Trump added that he wasn’t “talking about the people that went to the Capitol,” although a whole lot of the rally attendees left the rally on the Ellipse to go to the Capitol.
Among different issues, Mr. Trump is contemplating operating once more in 2024. Though few of his allies consider he’ll comply with via, his presence might have a chilling impact on different potential candidates.
“The party is still very much revolving around” Mr. Trump, mentioned Andrea Catsimatidis, chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party and a donor who attended the retreat. “He was the one who very much revived the party when we weren’t winning.”
Also inescapable is the truth that Mr. Trump has shortly constructed a political battle chest that rivals that of the R.N.C. An adviser to Mr. Trump mentioned he presently had about $85 million available, in contrast with almost $84 million for the R.N.C.
“Send your donation to Save America PAC,” Mr. Trump urged supporters final month, to not “RINOS,” the derisive acronym for “Republicans in Name Only.” Mr. Trump has appeared as obsessed with punishing Republicans who crossed him, particularly those that supported his second impeachment, as he has about taking again the House and the Senate in 2022.
For occasion officers, the aim is protecting the power that has propelled Mr. Trump to success contained in the Republican tent whereas not completely permitting the previous president to dominate it. Ronna McDaniel, the R.N.C. chairwoman whom Mr. Trump supported for a second time period, has vowed to stay impartial in a possible 2024 main ought to Mr. Trump run once more.