The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) named Monday former President Trump as the inaugural recipient of its “Champion for Freedom” award.
The new award will be bestowed annually was sponsored by the Senate Republican campaign arm and presented to Trump by NRSC chairman, Florida Senator Rick Scott. According to the NRSC press release, Trump was honored as the first “champion of freedom,” for appointing three justices to the Supreme Court, cutting middle-class taxes, and securing the southern border during his presidency.
“President Trump is a proven champion for all Americans,” Scott said in a statement released from the NRSC.
“Throughout his administration, he made clear his commitment to getting government out of the way of people’s success, paving the way for American families and job creators to reach new heights. President Trump fought for American workers, secured the border, and protected our constitutional rights. We are grateful for his service to our country and are honored to present him with the NRSC’s first Champion for Freedom award,” the statement continues.
The news release included a photo of Scott comes after the former president addressed members of the Republican National Committee and wealthy GOP donors during the spring retreat. During Saturday’s dinner gathering held at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump lashed out on GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling the Kentucky Republican a “dumb son of a bitch,” but vowed to help the party retake Congress during the 2022 midterm.
Despite losing the 2020 election, the former president continues to wield massive influence among Republican lawmakers who are sending a strong message to Democrats that they intend to “fight against” President Biden’s progressive agenda within the next 20 months before Election Day. Trump is also making his presence in Republican politics increasingly felt in recent weeks, with slews of statements from his post-presidential office and his Save America PACs emails, as well as a slew of endorsements of Senate and House candidates. Last week, Trump announced his endorsement blessings to three of his most loyal Senate allies who are up for reelection next year, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Sens, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.
Trump also continues to remain an overwhelming favorite among Republican voters, who strongly embraced Trump’s populism and see it as the future of the party. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released days after the second impeachment trial in February, 53 percent of GOP voters said that they would vote for Trump if the 2024 primary were held today.