Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.) introduced Donald Trump with the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s inaugural “Champion for Freedom” award over the weekend on the former president’s glitzy golf resort in Florida.
“President Trump is a proven champion for all Americans,” Scott, who serves as chair of the committee, mentioned in a press release. “Throughout his administration, he made clear his commitment to getting government out of the way of people’s success, paving the way for American families and job creators to reach new heights.”
If you’ve by no means heard of the “Champion for Freedom” award, that’s as a result of it hasn’t existed earlier than. The small, ceremonial dish feels like a made-up gesture designed to placate an indignant former president who spent the weekend fuming at GOP leaders ― together with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ― and mendacity in regards to the 2020 presidential election, lies resembling those who led to the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump, after all, famously loves receiving accolades of any measurement ― even nonexistent ones.
For Scott, a possible 2024 presidential candidate, maintaining Trump joyful and taking again the Senate in 2022 are prime priorities. The former president has already pledged to marketing campaign in opposition to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) over her responsible vote in Trump’s second impeachment trial earlier this yr. He’s additionally demonstrated his continued affect over the occasion, distributing extremely sought-after endorsements to his most loyal supporters in Congress.
But the NRSC’s flattery of Trump is greater than just a little awkward contemplating that McConnell, the highest Republican within the Senate, fiercely criticized the previous president over his function on Jan. 6, saying he was “practically and morally” answerable for the assault. (Nevertheless, McConnell voted to not convict Trump and later mentioned he’d “absolutely” assist him if he turns into the GOP nominee in 2024.)
Over the weekend, in a speech to GOP donors in Palm Beach, Trump unloaded on the Kentucky senator anyway, calling him a “dumb son of a bitch” and a “stone cold loser.” Trump added that “a real leader” by no means would have accepted the presidential election outcomes.
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