Former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “stupid son of a bitch” during a donor evening at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, and joked that the COVID-19 vaccine should be called “Trumpcine ” in his honor. according to accounts of the event closed to the press.
Trump deviated from his prepared remarks when he lashed out at the Kentucky lawmaker, Reuters reported, citing an attendee at the Republican National Committee dinner in Palm Beach, Florida.
Vice President Mike Pence was also the target of the former president’s ire.
Trump said he recently told Pence that he was still disappointed in him for not stepping in to stop Congressional certification of President Biden’s election victory, something the vice president did not have the authority to do.
Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 in an effort to stop the certification of the vote, some of them caught on camera yelling that Pence should be hanged.
Speaking to hundreds of major donors on Saturday, Trump did not rule out seeking another term in 2024, but said any talk about his possible candidacy should wait until after the midterm elections in November 2022.
Representatives for McConnell and Pence did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.