Trump Breaks Into Profane Rant at McConnell, Pence and Fauci
By Staff, Agencies
Former US President Donald Trump tore into his former allies in an hour-long expletive-laden rant at an invitation-only dinner for Republican Party donors, according to reports.
Hundreds of GOP donors gathered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this weekend for closed-door discussions about the party’s future. The Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach had been booked out for Republican National Committee [RNC] events, but Trump reportedly refused to give a speech unless his private business financially benefitted.
During his speech, Trump bragged about his handling of the pandemic, praised Republican governors who have kept businesses open in their states and described his one-time chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci as “full of crap”, attendees told The Washington Post.
He went on to mock McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transport secretary and resigned following the Capitol riot. “I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?”
On his former vice president, Trump is reported to have said: “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 is said to have tried to pressure Pence into rejecting Electoral College votes and overturning the election result in January, despite the fact he did not have the power to do this.
He also repeated a comment for which he was strongly criticized in 2016, that immigrants are “murderers, rapists and drug dealers.”
Trump did not discuss his future plans at length during his speech, instead focusing on his years in office. He reportedly expressed confidence that a Republican will win the presidency in 2024, but did not say whether or not he will run himself.
Trump has previously told Fox News that he will save such a decision until after the 2022 midterm elections.