The former president said he was “disappointed” with his former vice president
After the party fails, the first spring donor retreat is usually a time for reflection and revitalization, as officials are planning new directions.
However, with former President Donald J. Trump determined to remain attached to the Republican Party and its parties, the Republican National Committee at the top donors conference in South Florida this weekend, this is not a time for restart, more importantly It reminds us of the ongoing tensions and divisions in the Republican Party.
Last month, the same former president issued a cease and desist letter to the party, asking them to stop using his image to raise funds on Saturday night. This was the culmination of the party’s fundraising activities.
“This is a huge problem,” how Fred Zeidman, a senior fundraiser of the Texas Republican Party, described Trump’s consistent style on the political stage.
After losing his House, Senate and White House, the delicate dance between Trump and the party became apparent this Saturday, when the party’s top donor participated in a series of receptions and receptions at the Four Seasons Resort. group discussion. The former president’s private club, a-Lago, heard Trump’s speech.
Zidman said that the former president’s insistence on leading the party “has an impact on all members” because lawmakers and potential elected officials are vying for Trump’s support, and Trump is equally strong in the Republican primary elections, but in There may be problems in the general election.
Zidman said: “He has indicated that he wants to express important opinions or maintain control of the party, and has shown signs that he will conduct primary elections for all those who do not support him.” “Everything makes it change. It’s very complicated.”
Before Trump’s speech at a private event held in his new home in the Mar-a-Lago building, the former president’s adviser said he would emphasize his commitment to the unity of the party and the Republican Party.
But Trump suddenly deviated from his speech on Saturday night and instead attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Mitch McConnell), calling him a “worthless loser” and mocking his wife Elaine. ·Elaine Chao (Elaine Chao), who is Trump’s Secretary of Transportation.
Several attendees who were not authorized to speak publicly at private events stated that the former president pointed out that he was “disappointed” with former Vice President Mike Pence and rudely referred to McConnell. . Trump complained that McConnell did not fully thank him for adding Chao to the cabinet.
McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent on Sunday.
Trump’s words made some people present feel uncomfortable.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich did not defend Trump when he made comments about leaving Palm Beach on Sunday.
“If we continue to focus on Democrats, our situation will be much better. Period,” Gingrich pointed out.
Saturday’s speech was the final event of the Republican National Committee Donor Summit in Palm Beach. Most private meetings of the committee are held in luxury hotels a few kilometers from Mar-a-Lago. Participants were rushed to Trump’s speech.
New tensions emerged between Trump and Republican leaders when the party leader was trying to downplay internal disputes about Trump’s role in the organization, his commitment to fundraising, and his 2024 plan . He repeatedly lied that Biden won the election solely by election fraud.