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Trump told a gathering of House Republicans that he loves all of them, except the 13 who voted for Biden's infrastructure bill, report says

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  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden
    46th and current president of the United States
  • Donald Trump
    Donald Trump
    45th President of the United States
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Former President Donald Trump JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images
  • Trump told a group of House Republicans that he doesn't love the ones who voted for infrastructure.

  • 13 House Republicans helped pass Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

  • "I don't love the 13 that voted for Biden's infrastructure plan," Trump said, per The Washington Post.

Former President Donald Trump told a group of House Republicans at a closed-door gathering in Florida that he loves all of them except for the 13 lawmakers who voted last week for President Joe Biden's landmark bipartisan infrastructure bill, The Washington Post reports.

"I love all the House Republicans. Well, actually I don't love all of you. I don't love the 13 that voted for Biden's infrastructure plan," Trump said at a Monday fundraising dinner for the National Republican Campaign Committee, the House Republican caucus' campaign arm, a source in the room told The Post.

After months of back-and-forth negotiations between the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic caucus, the House finally voted on and passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act late on the night of November 5. The legislation passed the Senate in August with the votes of 19 GOP senators.

The bill, the largest investment in infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system, delivered a huge legislative victory for Biden - with the help of over a dozen GOP representatives.

The measure passed the House with the votes of 13 Republicans who defied Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to approve the $550 billion investment in shoring up America's highways, bridges, and ports, public transit, and clean energy measures.

Those lawmakers include retiring Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, and Tom Reed of New York as well as Republicans representing competitive districts like Reps. Nicole Malliotakis and John Katko of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Don Bacon of Nebraska.

Those 13 Republicans quickly faced the wrath of their more Trump-aligned colleagues like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who posted the office numbers of all 13 Republicans who voted for the bill on Twitter and urged her 450,000-plus followers to call and express their displeasure.

Those offices were soon inundated with angry calls. One of the Republicans who voted for the bill, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, shared with CNN a violent, threatening voicemail his office received in which the caller described Upton as a "fucking traitor" and said, "I hope you die. I hope everybody in your fucking family dies."

House Republicans' votes on the bipartisan infrastructure bill are now poised to become sticking points in Republican primaries in the 2022 midterms. Another Republican who voted for the measure, Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia, will face off against another GOP incumbent, Rep. Alex Mooney, who voted against it, since West Virginia lost a seat in post-2020 reapportionment.

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