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Trump tells Republican donors he'll help win Congress in 2022

PoliticsApr 10, 2021 09:50PM ET
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By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in 2022 elections but lashed out at two top party figures, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Mike Pence, at a donor retreat on Saturday.

At a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago Club for Republican National Committee donors in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump made clear he is still irked at his inability to hang on to the White House despite losing the Nov. 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden, who is now president.

McConnell drew Trump's ire in the aftermath of the election for stating the obvious - that Biden had won the presidency - and the two remain at odds. Parting from the prepared text of his speech, Trump called the senator a "son of a bitch," an attendee told Reuters.

Before leaving office, Trump had scolded Pence for not intervening to stop the congressional certification of the vote tally, an authority the vice president did not have.

The vote certification was the backdrop for the events on Jan. 6 when pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Departing again from his prepared text, Trump said he had spoken to Pence recently and told him he was still disappointed in him, the attendee said.

Representatives for McConnell and Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In prepared remarks seen by Reuters, 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."

"I stand before you this evening filled with confidence that in 2022, we are going to take back the House (of Representatives) and we are going to reclaim the Senate. And then in 2024, a Republican candidate is going to win the White House," he said.

Trump has spent the 2-1/2 months since his chaotic exit from the White House considering requests from 2022 candidates for his endorsement and has been giving them his blessing based on whether they support him and his agenda or not.

He has said any talk of his own plans - the Constitution gives him the right to seek another four-year term - should wait until after the November 2022 elections.

A variety of other Republicans are considering their own potential runs for the party's presidential nomination in 2024, such as Trump's former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

While Biden defeated Trump by millions of votes, the Republican made inroads among traditional Democratic voters such as Hispanics and African Americans.

Trump, who also sprinkled his remarks with attacks on Biden, said the key to victories in 2022 is to build on those gains, saying "the Republican Party will succeed and grow in the future by embracing its destiny as the champion of working-class Americans."

Trump's active role in Republican politics despite losing the 2020 election is unlike other former presidents, who have tended to retreat from the limelight after leaving the White House.

“Saturday’s speech will be welcomed words to the Republican donors visiting Mar-a-Lago to hear directly from President Trump. Palm Beach is the new political power center, and President Trump is the Republican Party’s best messenger," said Trump adviser Jason Miller.

Trump tells Republican donors he'll help win Congress in 2022
 

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President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 13, 2021 10:41AM ET
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Irrelevant manbaby crying again? Whats new?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 12, 2021 12:01PM ET
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is Trump getting more and more orange these days?  he really need to cut back on those fake tan lotion....
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 12, 2021 11:57AM ET
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Trumpublicans: "Help Wanted": More seditionists.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 12, 2021 11:57AM ET
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traitor
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Apr 12, 2021 1:14AM ET
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I must admit Joe Biden and his administration is exceding expectations. I thought it would take about 2 years to destroy the country. Way ahead of schedule.
Special Forces
Special Forces Apr 12, 2021 1:14AM ET
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Ok, post 3 areas where President Biden has destroyed this country in <3 months.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 12, 2021 1:14AM ET
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Problem with Integrity ??
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 12, 2021 1:14AM ET
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so you think america is now destroyed?  tell us Rick, why do you hate your country so much?
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Ad Cline Apr 11, 2021 11:16PM ET
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Trump going to jail go crimes committed against the United States of America. tax fraud, banking fraud. criminal conspiracy.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 11, 2021 11:16PM ET
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Try English ??
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 11, 2021 11:16PM ET
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use proper English words like Covfefe
Thomas Trump
Thomas Trump Apr 11, 2021 9:08PM ET
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Trump 2024
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Apr 11, 2021 9:08PM ET
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looool
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 11, 2021 10:53AM ET
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There are people who actually believe all of Trumps lies. The lies are so obvious and self serving too but when you are a xenophobe I guess lies don’t matter.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Apr 11, 2021 3:50AM ET
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Sure wonder when Americans are going to wake up on Trump? Any guesses?  -- The free world can't afford to hold hands with Trump and explain REALITY to him.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 11, 2021 3:50AM ET
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80 million Americans CAN be wrong ??
Steve No
Steve No Apr 11, 2021 1:27AM ET
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On a related note, does anyone know how I can earn $10,000 fast? If someone could only post a link....
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 11, 2021 1:27AM ET
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Proof that discussions on site are incredibly dangerous weapons for propaganda. Simple bots made to shift opinion
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 11, 2021 1:27AM ET
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Sell Tupperware. Work hard !!
Feren Nika
Feren Nika Apr 11, 2021 1:19AM ET
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good trump, i hope you can president again, people look you aggresive. but i look you so real patriot usa. i hope you fight manipulation and fight a fake bubble. come on republic you back up trump. i hope trump can president again. biden so dangerous president in the world. he democratic people but communist act.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 11, 2021 1:19AM ET
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hahaha
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Apr 11, 2021 1:19AM ET
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I hope you can learn to write... you sound vely patliotic too... lol
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 11, 2021 1:19AM ET
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Welcome to America !! (Work on da English, tho.)
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Apr 11, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Democrats fear us as does the media. They fear Trump. We know you fear Trump and you know we know.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 11, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Trump is feared in the same that a bull in a China shop is feared. Or a drunken surgeon insisting he's OK to perform surgery.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 11, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Right wing nutters are obsessed with fear. Its how they are manipulated en masse.
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle Apr 11, 2021 12:35AM ET
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I fear him in the same way i fear nutcase drunk recless busdrivers...
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 10, 2021 11:56PM ET
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We have to figure out how to stop democrats from cheating again.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 10, 2021 11:56PM ET
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Kind of hard to figure out how to stop something that never happened in the first place. Democrats won fair and square, despite Trump trying his best to rig things in his own favor.
expensive king
expensive king Apr 10, 2021 11:26PM ET
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Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Apr 10, 2021 11:06PM ET
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Dear insurrectionists, send all of your money now! Deutche bank needs to break even on Trump’s losses.
Steve Lora
Steve Lora Apr 10, 2021 10:49PM ET
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Democrats and media are afraid of Trump
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 10, 2021 10:35PM ET
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What was that? Manbaby cries again? I understand.
Josh Modern
JoshModern Apr 10, 2021 10:30PM ET
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that depends how many visitors he's allowed
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 10, 2021 10:30PM ET
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You must have missed where multiple investigations failed to turn up any evidence of wrongdoing.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 10, 2021 9:44PM ET
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Take America Back!!
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 10, 2021 9:24PM ET
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At some point stolen elections will be blatant and wholly absurd.. when millions protest in the streets after undeniably out-voting the fascist liberal dems, there will be no denying the mandate for extremely strict national voter laws and completely secure borders. That time is definitely coming.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Apr 10, 2021 9:24PM ET
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Baby needs his bottle!
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Me comment Apr 10, 2021 9:18PM ET
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trump really meant I will use your money to pay off my debt.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Apr 10, 2021 9:12PM ET
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Win it, or invade it ??
Anthony Mak
Anthony Mak Apr 10, 2021 8:57PM ET
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How? same voting system, same outcome.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 10, 2021 8:57PM ET
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Yup. The same voting system that accurately reflected the fact that the majority of Americans didn't want Trump.
Anthony Mak
Anthony Mak Apr 10, 2021 8:56PM ET
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insanity **** same voting system, same outcome.
 
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