Former U.S. President Donald Trump has again attacked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, quoting him at a party donor conference, according to U.S. media.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Republican billionaire made his latest criticism Saturday night during a speech he gave in Florida, where he lives.
In turn, the newspaper “Washington Post” reported that the former president was furious with his former ally for his failure to support him by preventing the official approval of the results of the presidential election on January 6.
The boycott took place between the two men last February, after Trump described McConnell as a “sullen, sullen politician,” adding that the Republican Party would lose the presence of a leader like him among its leaders.
The Republican billionaire previously worked closely with the Kentucky senator for four years. However, Mitch McConnell saw the former president as “responsible” for the Capitol attack in January, saying the rioters did it “because the most influential man in the world filled them with lies.”
And Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson admitted, when asked about Donald Trump’s comments, that his party could have avoided the recent controversy.
“Somewhere along the line, what he said doesn’t really matter,” he said in an interview with “CNN” on Sunday, “but at the same time, whenever the issue comes up, we are needed. We need unity and focus together (… .) We have fights that we fight. “.
The former U.S. president, speaking Saturday to members of the Republican National Committee in the Florida resort of Maralago, called for party unity in the wake of his loss to Biden and the loss of control of the party by the Senate.
Trump repeated his claim Saturday that he won the November election, criticizing McConnell in particular.
Trump criticized McConnell for not making an effort to block congressional approval of Biden’s election victory.
The former president also criticized McConnell’s wife, Ellen Chow, who was transportation secretary under Trump but resigned after the events of Jan. 6, in his remarks Saturday.
“I hired his wife,” Trump said, before also mocking Chow for her resignation.
Trump then added that he was “disappointed” in Vice President Mike Pence for his role in certifying the election result.
He again attacked the great American scientist Anthony Fauci, claiming that the epidemiologist was “full of banalities.”
Without mentioning the more than 560,000 Americans who have died as a result of Covid-19, Trump praised Republicans such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for reopening their states early, in defiance of expert advice.
During the Maralago meeting, which some Republicans said they hoped would focus more on the party’s path and move it forward, Trump instead reinstated his criticism of Republican officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania who refused to back up his claims that the presidential election was stolen from him.