NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC's inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.
The starring Republican Senate fundraising radical handed erstwhile President Donald Trump its inaugural "Champion for Freedom Award" — conscionable a time earlier helium blasted apical Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, arsenic a "son of a b----" and a "stone acold loser."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee's grant besides came aft Trump threatened to endorse Republican challengers to GOP incumbents successful Congress, and aft his lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to three apical Republican committees, including the NRSC, telling them to halt utilizing his sanction for fundraising without his permission.
NRSC president Sen. Rick Scott of Florida handed the metallic grant to Trump — who was dressed arsenic if helium conscionable walked disconnected the play people — connected Friday astatine the ex-president's nine successful Mar-a-Lago successful Florida.
McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate number leader, would apt resume his erstwhile relation arsenic bulk person if the NRSC and different groups negociate to assistance elite capable Republicans during the midterms to flooded the Senate's existent 50-50 divided betwixt the parties. Vice President Kamala Harris holds a tie-breaking ballot successful the Senate, which gives her chap Democrats bulk power successful that enclosure of Congress.
Trump for months has raged against McConnell, R-Ky., who arsenic bulk person successful January refused to endorse Trump's efforts to get Congress to artifact the confirmation of Joe Biden's electoral victory.
Trump has falsely claimed since November that helium won the election, and that lone wide ballot fraud made it look similar Biden had won.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) participates successful a swearing-in ceremonial for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence, arsenic his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, holds the Bible successful the Old Senate Chambers astatine the U.S. Capitol Building successful Washington, DC, January 3, 2021.
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Trump besides went aft McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, who resigned arsenic Trump's proscription caput a time aft the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, wherever supporters of the then-president rampaged done the halls of Congress, disrupting proceedings that were confirming Biden's victory.
"I hired his wife," Trump griped. "Did helium ever accidental convey you?"
"She suffered truthful greatly," Trump said sarcastically.
McConnell has blamed Trump for inciting the riot, but voted against convicting the erstwhile president astatine his Senate impeachment proceedings successful February.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Monday that its Champion of Freedom grant is "presented to blimpish leaders who person worked tirelessly to make bully jobs, support the values that marque our state great, and halt the Democrats' socialist agenda."
"As president, Donald Trump delivered for the American radical by appointing 3 pro-Constitution judges to the Supreme Court, cutting taxes for middle-class families and occupation creators, and securing the border," the NRSC said successful a statement.
On Sunday, the 2nd ranking Republican successful the party's enactment successful the Senate, Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota, did not knock Trump for his onslaught connected the GOP's person McConnell.
Thune, erstwhile asked connected "Fox News Sunday" astir Trump's scathing remarks, said helium believes "a batch of that rhetoric is portion of the benignant and code that comes with the erstwhile president."
"But I deliberation helium and Mitch McConnell person a communal goal," said Thune.
"And that is getting the bulk backmost successful 2022, and hopefully successful the extremity that volition beryllium the happening that unites us."