Former President Donald Trump shocked, amazed, and greatly encouraged some Republicans when he once again showed off his proclivity to call out fellow Republicans during his recent speech to the Republican National Committee.
According to a report in the Independent Journal Review, the former president used his time speaking before the committee to call out both his former Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
The event, which was held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida on Saturday where he unloaded on the Republican leader and shared his continued disappointment with Pence for not attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election when it came before him.
“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 in a speech that, according to The Washington Post, was “light on his actual presidency” and “delivered more of a familiar litany of grievances that seemed to animate the crowd.”
According to IJR, in the days before Jan. 6 when Congress was to meet to certify the election results sent in by the states, the former president attempted to pressure Pence into using his role as the presiding officer in the Senate to make a move that would have overturned the results.
The former vice president, however, said he didn’t think it was legal for him to do so, which he explained in a letter dated Jan. 6.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”
“Some believe that as Vice President, I should be able to accept or reject electoral votes unilaterally. Others believe that electoral votes should never be challenged in a Joint Session of Congress. After a careful study of our Constitution, our laws, and our history, I believe neither view is correct,” he added.
As for the former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the president also had some choice words for him, saying that despite the Senate’s acquittal of the former president on the insurrection charge, he should have done away with the impeachment push after the Capitol riot.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b***h Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” he said of the trial.
Additionally, the publication reported that Trump called the longtime Kentucky Republican a “stone cold loser.”
This isn’t the first time the former president has taken out his frustration on McConnell, however. Following the impeachment vote over the “insurrection” of Jan. 6 after McConnell said that while he didn’t vote to impeach the former president, Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for the Jan. 6 riot, according to IJR.
Just a few days after McConnell’s statement, Trump responded with some harsh words of his own, suggesting that McConnell would never have won his re-election campaign without the former president and that, “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm… Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again.
He added, “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.”