He saved a lot of his vitriol for Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority chief, calling him a “dumb son of a bitch” and a “stone chilly loser,’’ in response to the attendee. A “actual chief,” he mentioned, would by no means have accepted the outcomes of that election.
Late in his remarks, Mr. Trump praised the gang that attended his rally on Jan. 6, admiring how giant it was, the attendee mentioned. Mr. Trump added that he wasn’t “speaking in regards to the folks that went to the Capitol,” although lots of of the rally attendees left the rally on the Ellipse to go to the Capitol.
Amongst different issues, Mr. Trump is contemplating working once more in 2024. Although few of his allies consider he’ll comply with by means of, his presence may have a chilling impact on different potential candidates.
“The celebration continues to be very a lot revolving round Mr. Trump,” mentioned Andrea Catsimatidis, chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Social gathering and a donor who attended the retreat. “He was the one who very a lot revived the celebration after we weren’t profitable.”
Additionally inescapable is the truth that Mr. Trump has rapidly constructed a political struggle chest that rivals that of the R.N.C. An adviser to Mr. Trump mentioned he presently had about $85 million readily available, in contrast with practically $84 million for the R.N.C.
“Ship your donation to Save America PAC,” Mr. Trump urged supporters final month, to not “RINOS,” the derisive acronym for “Republicans in Identify Solely.” Mr. Trump has appeared as obsessed with punishing Republicans who crossed him, particularly those that supported his second impeachment, as he has about taking again the Home and the Senate in 2022.
For celebration officers, the purpose is preserving the power that has propelled Mr. Trump to success contained in the Republican tent whereas not totally permitting the previous president to dominate it. Ronna McDaniel, the R.N.C. chairwoman whom Mr. Trump supported for a second time period, has vowed to stay impartial in a possible 2024 main ought to Mr. Trump run once more.