Former President Donald Trump’s feud against several members of his own party continues, as he reportedly spent Saturday night excoriating lawmakers he felt betrayed him amid the chaotic 2020 election.
In one instance, the former president allegedly referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who led the upper chamber during Trump’s presidency, as a “dumb son of a b—-” while speaking to a Republican National Committee gathering at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—- Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” Trump said, referring to the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6 that acknowledged President Joe Biden’s victory, according to multiple reports.
Trump, who made a roughly 50-minute speech during a GOP donor retreat, invoked several Republicans by name, particularly over their lack of support for him in the aftermath of the 2020 election, which he has deemed was riddled with voter fraud that boosted Biden to the White House.
Trump also went after McConnell’s wife, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, for her decision to resign after a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 led by his supporters to protest Congress’s certification.
“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump said, according to a report by the Washington Post. He later reportedly mocked her over her response from the riot and referred to McConnell as a “stone cold loser.”
The former president also reportedly took a shot at his one-time No. 2, former Vice President Mike Pence, saying he shouldn’t have certified the election results, even after the riot.
“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.
Others reportedly criticized by Trump included Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he said was “full of crap” about the coronavirus pandemic, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, whom he vowed to oppose in next year’s midterm elections. Murkowski was one of a handful of GOP lawmakers to vote for Trump’s conviction in his second impeachment trial earlier this year.
Trump did reportedly send some praise to Republicans such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem over their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Both governors have been loose on public health restrictions, citing concerns about economic damage and personal freedoms. The two have also largely been supportive of Trump throughout his presidency.
The Republican Party paid over $100,000 to Mar-a-Lago to hold their event, which included several senators.
McConnell was not present and has reportedly told advisers he never plans to speak to the former president again.
The Washington Examiner contacted McConnell’s office for comment but did not immediately hear back.