Donald Trump is done playing nice with members of the GOP who aren’t willing to get behind his America First agenda.
In an impassioned and nearly hour-long speech at his own Mar-a-Lago resort, the former president unleashed fury on Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and former Vice President Mike Pence, who both abandoned Trump as he sought to challenge the results of the 2020 election, the Associated Press reported.
According to Reuters, Trump’s comments came at a private dinner for Republican National Committee (RNC) donors on Saturday. There, the former president was said to have veered from his prepared remarks, which advisers said would focus on promoting unity within the GOP.
“Saturday’s speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump,” Jason Miller, an aide to the former president, said ahead of Trump’s speech, according to the AP.
“Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best messenger,” Miller added.
In his prepared remarks, which were obtained by the AP, Trump made clear that he felt “the key” to a “triumphant future” for Republicans “will be to build on the gains our amazing movement has made over the past four years.”
“Under our leadership, we welcomed millions upon millions of new voters into the Republican coalition,” the ex-president was slated to have said. “We transformed the Republican Party into a party that truly fights for all Americans.”
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows on the right side of the political aisle. In a sign that he’s still not over the way Republicans in Washington treated him upon his loss last November, Trump was said to have strayed from his prepared speech and instead railed against his former vice president, calling him a disappointment, as well as McConnell, who he labeled a “stone-cold loser,” according to the AP.
Early reports also indicated that Trump had called McConnell a “dumb son of a b****” and said the Senate GOP leader never truly thanked him for nominating Elaine Chao — McConnell’s wife — to serve as transportation secretary.
The former president also had some unkind words for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a top adviser to the White House on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” Trump said, according to the AP.
The 45th president may be out of the White House, but that doesn’t mean he’s done making waves in Washington, as his recent comments show. In fact, for Trump, one term in the Oval Office may have been just the beginning.