The conservative Club for Growth has reportedly invited six potential presidential candidates to its annual retreat, but it decided not to invite Donald Trump.
In an interview with Reuters, David McIntosh, the head of the Republican National Committee, said that Donald Trump would not be able to lead the party back to the White House. He also said that he hopes that the organization can introduce more donors to other potential candidates.
According to McIntosh, Trump is partly responsible for the poor showings of the Republican Party in the past three elections. He did not cite ideological or personal differences as a reason for his decision not to invite the 45th president.
The prominent conservative fundraising group will hold its annual gathering next month, when potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates, minus Trump, will mingle with donors. https://t.co/nCpcwl5CqS
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During the 2022 midterm elections, the club clashed with Trump, as it often endorsed primary opponents. In Ohio, Trump's late campaigning helped JD Vance win.
Although McIntosh did not endorse any of the possible candidates, he praised Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida. He was one of the six individuals invited to the event. Other potential presidential candidates included Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, South Carolina's Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia.
The event will be held in Florida, where Trump is currently residing.
In response to the Club for Growth's decision not to invite Trump, the president said that the organization was full of political "misfits" and losers. He noted that he won the presidential election in 2020 even though the election was "rigged & Stollen."
🚨President Trump makes new statement on the Club for Growth. pic.twitter.com/DWDw7yulF3
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The group asked to get together and endorse candidates, and Trump had a lot of wins and no losses. However, their relationship broke down after he endorsed a number of individuals in Ohio and Alabama.
In 2015, McIntosh criticized Trump for suggesting a tax on Ford Motor Co. for building a plant in Mexico instead of Tennessee. He said that penalizing the company for outsourcing jobs would hurt the US economy.
Trump responded by labeling the group as a pack of thieves.
"According to Trump, the Club for Growth visited his office to ask for money. He then claimed that he refused to give them money."
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Valiant News.