Trump Rips McConnell, Fauci in Mar-a-Lago Speech
Former President Donald Trump took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling the latter a “dumb son of a b—-” in a fiery Mar-a-Lago speech.
From Fox News:
“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—-, Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen,” Trump said of the certification of the 2020 election results at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to The Washington Post.
“They would have fought it,” Trump said, also referring to the election as “bulls—” at one point.
Trump vowed in the speech he would help Republicans win back the majority in Congress in 2022.
“I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House and we are going to reclaim the Senate,” he said in his prepared remarks, according to Reuters.
While Trump steered clear of hinting of his own candidacy for president in 2024, he promised to help Republicans take back the White House one way or another. He also took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he accused of being “full of crap.”:
He touted his response to the coronavirus pandemic last year and mocked White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for first advising against masks at the beginning of the pandemic and he joked that Fauci now wants Americans to wear “five” masks.
“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he asked of Fauci, according to the Post.
Trump even said someone recently suggested the vaccine should be called “Trumpcine” because of Operation Warp Speed, which helped accelerate the development of the vaccines last year.
Trump also praised Republican Governors Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Ron DeSantis of Florida for their more relaxed COVID-19 response, while also expressing disappointment in former Vice President Mike Pence:
The former president also said he was “disappointed” that former Vice President Mike Pence had not fought the certification of the election in January.
“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures,” Trump lamented of the 2020 Electoral College results, according to the Post. “I like him so much. I was so disappointed.”
The three-day Republican retreat keynoted by Trump was mostly held at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, with Trump’s speech coming from Mar-a-Lago. Neither Pence nor McConnell were reported to be in attendance at the event.
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