Former President Donald Trump isn’t finished with the “RINOs” who are holding the Republican Party back — especially Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Trump took aim at the Senate minority leader in a Saturday speech at Mar-A-Lago, bluntly calling him a “dumb son of a b****” in front of an audience of GOP operatives, according to a recent report.
Trump’s influence lingers
Although no longer in office, Trump has continued to exercise influence over the GOP as an uneasy truce lingers between the former president and his party, which has continued to court his support. Trump recently called on the GOP to stop using his name and likeness in its fundraising as the party plays up its ties to him, Politico reported.
Hosting Republican donors at his home turf in Palm Beach, Trump again unloaded on McConnell, his most conspicuous foe in the GOP, as a “stone-cold loser” and an ingrate who never thanked the then-president for landing his wife, Elaine Chao, a Cabinet role.
“If that were [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b**** Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” Trump said, referring to the Senate GOP leader’s refusal to back his challenges to the 2020 election, according to the Washington Examiner.
Tensions between the two worsened still when the Kentucky Republican shut down Trump’s calls for $2,000 stimulus checks for Americans amid COVID-19.
Trump later labeled McConnell an “unsmiling political hack” whose poor instincts cost the GOP the Senate in Georgia.
“I was so disappointed”
Since leaving office, Trump has been unleashing fury on “RINOs” in leadership and imploring Republicans to “stick together” like Democrats often do, while holding himself out as GOP’s de facto leader and hinting at a possible 2024 run.
Trump also called out former Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over certifying the 2020 vote count, as well as prominent Never-Trump Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK), who voted for Trump’s second impeachment.
“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures… I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” Trump said Saturday, as the Examiner reported.
Election integrity remains a top issue amid a nationwide battle over voting laws in which Trump has vocally participated.