On Saturday, former President Donald Trump called on other Republicans to challenge a long list of "RINOs, sellouts, and known losers" in the primaries.
Trump called for the primaries of Republican representatives, most of whom voted in favor of President Joe Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Nov. 5.
"Saving America starts by saving the GOP from RINOs, sellouts, and known losers!" Trump said in a statement Saturday night to followers of the Save America PAC. He added, "In the Senate, the 'Disaster from Alaska,' Lisa Murkowski (challenge accepted), must go. There is 'almost' nobody worse!"
"Any interest from good and SMART America First Republican Patriots to run primary campaigns against Representatives Tom Rice, John Katko, Don Bacon, Don Young, Fred Upton (challenge accepted), Andrew Garbarino, Peter Meijer (challenge accepted), David McKinley (challenge accepted), Nancy Mace, Jaime Herrera Beutler (challenge accepted) and Chris Smith?" stated Trump.
"You will have my backing!" Trump told prospective Republican candidates willing to primary the GOP incumbents. "Gonzalez, Kinzinger, and Reed already QUIT, they are out of politics, hopefully for good. Warmonger Liz Cheney (challenge accepted) is on the SKIDS with a 19% approval rating."
Reps. Rice, Meijer and Herrera Beutler were also on the list despite voting against the infrastructure bill, Fox News reported. Trump did not explain why three House Republicans, Reps. Nicole Malliotakis, Jeff Van Drew, and Brian Fitzpatrick, were not included on the list despite voting for the Biden administration's bill.
The statement comes after Trump unloaded on the 13 Republicans who voted for the bill during the National Republican Congressional Committee dinner last Monday. Malliotakis was "visibly shaken," a New York Post reporter said.
"I cast my vote FOR the bipartisan infrastructure bill and AGAINST advancing the socialist spending spree. For far too long our leaders have failed to modernize our aging roads, highways & bridges, upgrade sewer systems & implement flood resiliency projects," Malliotakis tweeted on Nov. 6.
Trump has previously criticized many others in the Republican Party for being too soft on proposals pushed by "Communist Democrats." The former president urged Republicans to "[f]ight for America, not for special interests and Radical Democrats. RINOs are ruining America, right alongside Communist Democrats."