Former President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former Vice President Mike Pence during a Saturday speech in front of Republican donors, according to attendees, multiple outlets reported.
The Saturday evening comments from the former president and potential 2024 GOP contender occurred at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida at a fundraiser in front of top Republican National Committee donors.
Citing an attendee, The New York Times reported the former president calling McConnell, the top Senate Republican, a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone cold loser”. A “real leader,” Trump said, would never have accepted the results of that election, according to the attendee.
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The Wall Street Journal also reported Trump calling McConnell the first insult, citing an attendee who heard the comments. According to the person, while the former commander-in-chief also said he was “disappointed” in former Pence, Trump didn’t project the same tension as with McConnell.
Furthermore, The Times‘ Maggie Haberman reported that the 45th U.S. president took credit for the Kentucky Republican’s margin of victory in 2020, citing an attendee.
“Did he ever say thank you to me? No. I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you to me? No,” Trump reportedly said, referencing McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who was Secretary of Transportation in his administration. The former president reportedly added that he feels “sorry” for her, saying, “She’s suffered so greatly.”
Haberman also reported in the same Twitter thread that Trump said Pence, whose life was in danger from a mob storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, should have had “the courage” to refuse to certify the results.
McConnell voted with all Senate Republicans—except for seven—to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial over the former president allegedly inciting the Capitol riot that resulted in five deaths. However, the top Senate Republican blamed him for all that the rioters’ did that day.
“They did this because they had been fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on Earth—because he was angry he’d lost an election,” McConnell said in a February 13 speech. “Former President Trump’s actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty.”
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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