Republicans ridiculed for gifting Trump ‘Made Up’ tiny bowl award
Donald Trump and his Republican faithful faced ridicule on Monday after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) posted an image of himself presenting the former president with the so-called “Champion for Freedom” award over the weekend. “President Trump fought for American workers, secured the border, and protected our constitutional rights,” Scott tweeted, alongside the image of himself with Trump holding a ceremonial dish.
The inaugural gifting of the National Republican Senatorial Committee award came amid reports that during a Republican National Committee weekend donor retreat at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump used his Saturday night address to rage at Republican leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and continue to insist he won the 2020 election.
Critics online noted that it appeared as though Republicans were making an effort to soothe the incensed former president, who is notorious for being obsessed with awards of any kind.
Scott was one of eight Republican senators who voted against the certification of Electoral College votes even after the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol led by Trump’s supporters.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee promoted Scott’s tweet, prompting criticism of the committee, Scott and the former president.
Reactions on Twitter:
· The NRSC made up a new award, bought a down market brass bowl from World Market and presented it to Donald Trump this weekend as if he were the winner of a c-list pro-am golf tournament.
· This party is so fucking pathetic that they have to bestow golden offerings (with names like "FrEeDoM aWaRd") to stay in the good graces of their one-term president.
· "Rick Scott came to me and said, 'Sir, Sir, we're giving you the Freedom Award! Everyone's saying it's the GREATEST AWARD OF ALL TIME! Abraham Lincoln got it, Gandhi got it, even Jesus got it!' Rick Scott, a big tough guy, then started crying for the first time in his life."
· Trump: “It’s a great award. So great. It’s a new award it is so big!” You’ll never see a more deserving leader achieve, what I have done.
· They had to MAKE UP an award. LOL
· Presenting the golf clothes-clad leader with a fake award while paying him to use his property -- one of the starkest illustrations yet of how the Republican Party is little more than a Trump personality cult
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