Former President Donald Trump vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in 2022 elections but lashed out at two top party figures, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, at a donor retreat on Saturday.
“The key to this triumphant future will be to build on the gains our amazing movement has made over the past four years,” Trump told hundreds of leading Republican donors, according to the prepared remarks. “Under our leadership, we welcomed millions upon millions of new voters into the Republican coalition. We transformed the Republican Party into a party that truly fights for all Americans.”
At a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club for Republican National Committee donors in Palm Beach, Florida, McConnell drew Trump’s ire. Parting from the prepared text of his speech, Trump called the senator a “son of a b—h,” according to several accounts.
Before leaving office, Trump had scolded Pence for not intervening to stop the congressional certification of the vote tally, an authority the vice president did not have.
Departing again from his prepared text, Trump said he had spoken to Pence recently and told him he was still disappointed in him, the attendee said.
Representatives for McConnell and Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Earlier, Trump’s senior adviser Jason Miller told Newsmax TV that the emphasis would be on winning back the House and Senate in 2022.
“Obviously I’m biased to who I hope that will be, if President Trump does decide to run again,” Miller, a Newsmax TV contributor, told “The Count.” “But I also think you’re going to see (him) go after Joe Biden again and very strong terms with regard to the border, the woke corporate cancel culture.”
Meanwhile, the fact everyone is going to Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach, Florida, shows it is the “center of the Republican universe right now” and Trump is the “biggest name in politics.”
In prepared remarks seen by Reuters and reported by other major media, Trump said he wanted to talk “about the future of the Republican Party – and what we must do to set our candidates on a course to victory.”
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House (of Representatives) and we are going to reclaim the Senate. And then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House,” he said.