Former President Donald Trump was presented with a Champion of Freedom award from the National Republican Senatorial Committee the same weekend he reportedly railed against the upper chamber’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell.
Trump was presented with the award this past weekend by NRSC Chairman Sen. Rick Scott of Florida. The award is given to conservative leaders who “have worked tirelessly to create good jobs, protect the values that make our country great, and stop the Democrats’ socialist agenda,” according to the committee.
“President Trump fought for American workers, secured the border, and protected our constitutional rights. We are grateful for his service to our country and are honored to present him with the NRSC’s first Champion for Freedom award,” Scott said in a statement.
This weekend I was proud to recognize President Donald Trump with the inaugural @NRSC Champion for Freedom Award.
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) April 12, 2021
The former president was presented the award in the same weekend he gave a speech to Republican National Committee members on Saturday at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, in which he allegedly referred to Senate Minority Leader McConnell as a “dumb son of a b—-” and a “stone-cold loser.”
In February, Trump took another shot at McConnell, deeming him a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.”
Trump’s discontent with McConnell largely escalated after the 2020 election, which the former president continues to claim was filled with voter fraud to help his opponent, President Joe Biden.
The two have reportedly not spoken since McConnell condemned Trump for playing a role in the attack at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that left five people dead.
On Sunday, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, whom Trump labeled a “weak and ineffective RINO (Republican-in-name-only)” and pledged to campaign against, dismissed the sour relationship between McConnell and Trump.
“I think a lot of that rhetoric is, you know, it’s part of the style and tone that comes with the former president, but I think he and Mitch McConnell have a common goal, and that is getting the majority back in 2022,” Thune said on Fox News on Sunday. “Hopefully, that’ll be the thing that unites us because if we want to defeat and succeed against the Democrats and get that majority back, that’s the best way to do it.”
Original Author: Mica Soellner