Even when he’s unpopular, President Trump is helping rake in the cash for his party.
The president spoke at a dinner for the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday night — an event that raised a record-breaking $30.1 million for the group, according to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
During the speech, Trump made another pitch for the GOP health care bill, which would dismantle Obamacare.
Trump also seemed to take a shot at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who for the first time Tuesday publicly described Trump’s statements about federal judges as “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”
Gorsuch’s comments came after both of Trump’s travel bans — the original and then the revised one — were put on hold by federal judges.
In February, Trump described the Seattle judge who put a stay on the ban as a ‘‘so-called judge’’ in a tweet. He has also berated the decision by a judge in Hawaii to block the revised ban last week.
During the dinner event tonight, Trump seemed to target Gorsuch’s comments as he spoke of immigration reform.
“We’re also taking decisive action to improve our vetting procedure — the courts are not helping us, I have to be honest with you. It’s ridiculous. Somebody said I should not criticize judges; OK, I’ll criticize judges,” Trump said.
He also seemed to criticize some of his fellow Republicans at the event in a moment that drew much laughter, taking a break from waxing poetic about the members of the GOP being “builders.”
“Our party will have a very, very bright future — it is fitting that we are in the National Building Museum. Since its founding, the Republican Party has been a party of builders. Many of the great builders are in this audience tonight. Some of them I have to compete with, and I really, actually, I don’t like many of them. Some of them I do.”
“Some of them I truly dislike a lot.”
Watch the president’s speech:
Associated Press material was used in this report.