Trump's 'desire for revenge' has GOP officials worried as his CPAC speech looms: report
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is seen in the background as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported GOP officials are alarmed that former President Donald Trump is still consumed with a "desire for revenge" against various Republican politicians he believes "betrayed" him.

"By all accounts, Trump remains furious at a few he believes betrayed him from within during his attempt to overturn the election results — Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) all come up frequently, sometimes multiple times a day, according to people who speak to him," reported Josh Dawsey and Michael Scherer. "That desire for revenge worries GOP officials. On Friday, the former president made his first endorsement against an incumbent House Republican, backing a former White House aide, Max Miller, against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), a former NFL wide receiver."

Gonzalez had already faced anger from local Republican officials, even before Trump made the endorsement.

Trump's rage against McConnell, who condemned the former president's role in the Capitol riots even while voting to acquit him in the impeachment trial, has spilled into the open, with Trump releasing a statement calling McConnell a "dour, sullen, unsmiling political hack." Despite this, McConnell has said he will "absolutely" support another Trump campaign for president if he wins the party nomination.

The former president has also turned on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and reportedly may even attack him directly in his speech to CPAC on Sunday — his first public address since leaving office.

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