He saved much of his vitriol for Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, and called him a “stupid son of a bitch” and a “cold loser,” according to the participant. A “real leader,” he said, would never have accepted the results of this election.
Late in his remarks, Mr Trump praised the crowd that attended his rally on Jan. 6 and admired how large it was, the attendee said. Mr Trump added that he did not “talk about the people who went to the Capitol” even though hundreds of rally participants left the rally at the Ellipse to go to the Capitol.
Among other things, Mr. Trump is considering running again in 2024. Although few of his allies believe he will get through, his presence could scare other potential candidates.
“The party is still very much about ‘Trump,” said Andrea Catsimatidis, chairman of the Manhattan Republican Party and donor who attended the retreat. “He was the one who really revived the party when we didn’t win.”
Inevitably, too, is the fact that Mr. Trump has quickly built a political war chest that rivals that of the RNC. An adviser to Mr Trump said he currently has about $ 85 million available, compared to nearly $ 84 million for the RNC
“Send your donation to Save America PAC,” Trump urged supporters last month, not to “RINOS,” the derisive acronym for “Republicans on behalf only”. Mr Trump was just as passionate about punishing Republicans who crossed him, especially those who supported his second impeachment, as he was about the repossession of the House and Senate in 2022.
For party officials, the goal is to keep the energy that led Mr. Trump to success in the Republican tent while the former president does not fully allow it to dominate it. Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairperson who endorsed Mr. Trump for a second term, has vowed to remain neutral in a potential elementary school for 2024 should Mr. Trump run again.