Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) let his colleagues know this week that top donors in the GOP are “furious” with the RINO Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Two sources familiar with the matter told Axios that Scott dropped this bomb on his colleagues while giving a presentation regarding the latest internal polling from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Scott also said that many donors were paying close attention to statements made by former President Donald Trump, who called the Republicans that voted for the bill “RINOs” who “should be ashamed of themselves.”
“Very sad that the RINOs in the House and Senate gave Biden and Democrats a victory on the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill,” Trump said earlier this month, according to Yahoo News. “Where only 11% of the money being wasted goes to real infrastructure.”
“How about all of those Republican Senators that voted thinking that helping the Democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically correct,” he added. “They just don’t get it!”
Trump then said that Democrats will now “go for the big kill — getting their second $1.9 Trillion Bill (really $5 trillion) approved, again with RINO support.”
“All Republicans who voted for Democrat longevity should be ashamed of themselves, in particular Mitch McConnell, for granting a two-month stay which allowed the Democrats time to work things out at our Country’s, and the Republican Party’s expense!” the former president said.
Trump had also previous called out McConnell for supporting the bill back in August.
“Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” Trump said at the time. “If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”
The moment Scott dropped the bomb about the donors was a bit awkward, according to one of the sources, because many of the Republicans in the room both voted in favor of the bill and helped to craft it. This also came just one day after Republicans attended the White House signing ceremony for the bill on the South Lawn.
The Republicans who attended this signing included: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), as well as Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.).
The 13 Republicans who voted for the bill were:
- Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
- Rep. Andrew Gabarino of New York
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
- Rep. John Katko of New York
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
- Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York
- Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
- Rep. Tom Reed of New York
- Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey
- Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan
- Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey
- Rep. Don Young of Alaska