Former President Donald Trump accomplished so much during his time in office. However, that doesn’t mean he didn’t also make some enemies.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee awarded Trump the Champion of Freedom award, the Washington Examiner reported. He received the honor during the same weekend he had strong words against Senate Minority Leader McConnell for not defending him during the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Trump received the accolade as a conservative who “worked tirelessly to create good jobs, protect the values that make our country great, and stop the Democrats’ socialist agenda.” The former president is the first recipient of the prize.
“President Trump fought for American workers, secured the border, and protected our constitutional rights,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-FL) said. “We are grateful for his service to our country and are honored to present him with the NRSC’s first Champion for Freedom award.”
However, it was what Trump did the next day that has made the most waves. When speaking to attendees at a Republican National Committee event at his Palm Beach, FL Mar-a-Lago Club Saturday, Trump railed against McConnell for not doing more to support his cause, according to the Washington Post.
Many had their doubts about the veracity of the 2020 election results, including Trump, but McConnell allowed the votes to be certified Jan. 6. “If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a b—- Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen,” Trump said. “They would have fought it.” Some of Trump’s supporters made their way into the U.S. Capitol building that day to protest on his behalf.
During that same speech, Trump also took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease doctor who became a celebrity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump poked fun at some of his more ridiculous recommendations like telling people to wear multiple masks. “Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he said of Fauci.
Trump has never been afraid to speak out against his enemies, regardless of how well-connected they are. One of the former president’s many charms is his willingness to remain an outsider and be true to what he believes. Whether he’s right about McConnell or Fauci, at least he’s honest — and that’s what got him elected in the first place.