DONALD Trump went after long term rival Dr Anthony Fauci in a wild off-script rant during an event at Mar-a-Lago.
The 45th President also suggested that the Covid jabs should be called the “Trumpcine” as he demanded credit for accelerating their development with Operation Warp Speed.
Donald Trump went after his old rival Dr Anthony FauciCredit: AFP
Dr Fauci and Trump have butted heads on numerous occasionsCredit: Getty
Trump was speaking at a major Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting on Saturday at his club in Palm Beach, Florida.
His keynote address had been released to the media – but in true Trump fashion he veered wildly off script as he went after his enemies.
Around 400 hundred guests flocked to Trump’s Palm Beach resort for a glitzy banquet, which cost around $100,000 to put together, reports The Washington Post.
Dr Fauci has been a long-term target of Trump as the two butted heads over his response to the Covid pandemic – with the President keen to try and open up, while the advisor repeatedly urged caution.
“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” Trump said, referring to Fauci.
Fauci was one of the members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, and was appointed as the Chief Medical Advisor to Trump’s successor Joe Biden.
Trump has previously branded Fauci and “idiot” and claimed if he had listened to his advice there would be many more deaths.
The current US death toll is 575,595, with almost 32million confirmed cases – the highest figures in the world for both metric.
Trump joked that Fauci now wants Americans to wear “five” masks, and claimed the doctor only received credit because he opposed him.
During his off-piste remarks, Trump went on to claim someone, who he did not name, recently suggested the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine”.
He also dismissed any criticism of his approach the pandemic, while also praising Republicans who have been pushing to reopen their states.
Trump claimed that jabs could be called ‘Trumpcines’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered an address during a cocktail hour of the event, sources said, followed by a speech from RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Trump took the podium at around 7pm, making clear he is still irked at his inability to hang on to the White House, despite losing to Biden by more than seven million votes.
On the receiving end of Trump’s wrath was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who he has been at odds with since the senator rightly stated that Biden had won the election.
Deviating from his prepared remarks, Trump blasted the senator as being a “dumb son of a b**ch” and also called him a “stone cold loser”.
“If we had a real leader instead of Mitch, who is a total stone cold loser, if we had a real leader, he would have never, ever accepted the results of that election,” he continued.
Before leaving office, Trump had also scolded Pence for not intervening to stop the congressional certification of the vote tally, an authority the vice president did not have.
One again departing from his prepared text, Trump told the crowd he had spoken to Pence recently, telling him was “still disappointed” in him.
He added he believed Pence – whose life had been threatened amid the January 6 riots – should have had “the courage” to refuse to certify the results.
Trump vowed to help the GOP take back the White House at a Republican National Committee event at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday nightCredit: Instagram @firstfamilytrumps_
Around 400 hundred guests flocked to Trump’s Palm Beach resort for the glitzy banquetCredit: Instagram @firstfamilytrumps_
In copies of Trump’s prepared Speech, Trump sought to position himself as the Republican kingmaker, saying he wanted to talk “about the future of the Republican Party – and what we must do to set our candidates on a course to victory.”
Trump was scheduled to say that if Republicans stick to an “America First” agenda, the GOP will win back Congress in 2022, and reclaim the White House in 2024.
Trump was also slated to lay into President Biden on issues such as cancel culture, proposed gun restrictions and for the record-breaking surge of migrants crossing the southern border.
The topic of immigration, Trump claimed, will be a winning issue for Republicans to plot their return to power.
“Illegal Border crossings are now higher than at any point since 2006,” Trump planned to say.
He renewed attacks on migrants which was a common thread during his winning campaign in 2016, saying “You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers”.
Trump blasted Mitch McConnell as being a ‘dumb son of a b**ch’Credit: Reuters
Trump also told the crowd he had spoken to Pence recently, telling him was ‘still disappointed’ in himCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump then quipped Biden has put “America last”, in addition to perpetuating cancel culture wars and failing on his promise to bring the nation together.
Also in Trump’s sights were “ridiculous woke” corporations – such as Coca-Cola and Delta – who applied pressure on Major League Baseball to move its annual All-Star event out of Georgia amid controversy over its new voting laws.
Trump also affirmed that Biden is attempting to hide from the public after failing to deliver a Joint Address to Congress within his first weeks in office – as is typical for newly elected presidents.
One thing that wasn’t mentioned by Trump was whether or not he plans to run for president again in 2024.
While he failed in his bid to secure a second-term in November, Trump still holds a great deal of influence in the Republican Party – and Mar-a-Lago remains the center of the GOP universe.
Senior Trump adviser Jason Miller stressed that Trump is still very much a central figure in the GOP, in a statement to Fox.
“Saturday’s speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump,” Miller said.
“Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best messenger.”