Rick Scott, Chairman of the NRSC, presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC’s inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.

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The Republican Senate’s leading fundraising group presented former President Donald Trump with the first Champion for Freedom Award – just a day before he named Senate Republican Mitch McConnell as the “son of a b —-” and “ice cold loser” in blew up. “

The National Republican Senatorial Committee award also came after Trump threatened to endorse Republican challengers to GOP incumbents in Congress and after his attorneys sent cease and desist letters to three senior Republican committees, including the NRSC, urging them to No longer use his name to fundraise without his permission.

The chairman of the NRSC, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, presented Trump on Friday at the ex-president’s club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, with the small silver award to Trump, who was dressed as if he had just walked off the golf course.

McConnell, R-Ky., The Senate minority leader, would likely resume his former role as majority leader if the NRSC and other groups manage to elect enough Republicans in the medium term to end the current 50:50 split in the Senate between the parties to overcome. Vice President Kamala Harris is holding a groundbreaking Senate vote that will give her Democrats majority control in that Chamber of Congress.

Trump has been raging against McConnell, R-Ky., Who as the majority leader in January refused to agree to Trump’s efforts to get Congress to block confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory for months, for months.

Trump has falsely claimed he won the election since November and only widespread electoral fraud made it appear that Biden had won.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attends a swearing-in ceremony for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence while his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, holds the Bible in the Old Senate Chambers in the U.S. Capitol, Washington , DC, January 3, 2021.

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Trump also followed up on McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, who resigned as Trump’s transportation secretary the day after the Capitol uprising on Jan. 6, as supporters of the then president rioted through the halls of Congress, disrupting the process that confirmed Biden’s victory.

“I hired his wife,” attacked Trump. “Did he ever say thank you?”

“She suffered so much,” Trump said sarcastically.

McConnell has accused Trump of instigating the insurrection but voted against convicting the former president on his impeachment trial in the Senate in February.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Monday that its Champion of Freedom Award is given to “conservative leaders who have worked tirelessly to create good jobs, protect the values ​​that make our country great, and support the Democrats’ socialist agenda.” to stop”.

“As President, Donald Trump provided three constitutional judges to the Supreme Court for the American people, cut taxes for middle-class families and job creation, and secured the border,” the NRSC said in a statement.

On Sunday, South Dakota’s second-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership, Minority Whip John Thune, criticized Trump for failing to attack GOP leader McConnell.

When asked about Trump’s scathing remarks on Fox News Sunday, Thune said that “much of this rhetoric is part of the style and tone that goes with the former president.”

“But I think he and Mitch McConnell have a common goal,” said Thune.

“And that will bring the majority back in 2022, and hopefully that will be what binds us together in the end.”