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Disbarred lawyer says Donald Trump called Mitch McConnell a ‘bag’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eric Deters, the suspended Northern Kentucky attorney and longtime gubernatorial candidate, said he paid $75,000 to attend a fundraiser for former President Donald Trump Saturday before the Kentucky Derby, and the two found common ground.

Deters said he told Trump he didn’t like U.S. Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell “as much as you do.”

Trump responded with a one-word response, calling McConnell “a satchel,” Deters said.

Trump met with about 15 high-profile supporters Saturday at a private lounge at Louisville International Airport, where Deters said the former president met with donors individually but did not deliver remarks.

Suspended attorney Eric Deters, Kentucky gubernatorial candidate, with former President Donald Trump at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby.

Deters said he spoke to Trump but did not seek his approval.

“It’s way too early,” said the popular online TV host who calls himself “The Bulldog” and has so far raised $35,460 for his campaign, according to his latest spending report.

The Courier Journal could not reach a spokesperson for Trump for comment on Monday, and spokespersons for McConnell did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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McConnell said after the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, that Trump was “virtually and morally responsible” for causing it, although the Kentucky Republican voted to acquit Trump of inciting the insurrection during his second impeachment and has remained mostly mum on him ever since.

Trump has periodically denounced McConnell, calling him “Old Crow,” even though McConnell, who turned 80 in February, is just four years older.

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On Saturday, Trump’s high-flying entourage moved to a venue in Churchill Downs, where Deters said profiteers were able to meet and greet the nearly heralded presidential candidate without paying the couple’s $150,000 donation .

Deters said they include Kelly Craft, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, who is considering running for governor.

“She was trying to monopolize Trump, but I didn’t let that bother me,” Deters said. “I went upstairs and talked to him at length.”

In a video, Deters said that out of respect for their privacy he would not name any of the paying guests at Trump’s event, but in the Courier Journal interview he identified two.

One was Saul Fox, a private equity managing director who raised $580,600 for Trump in two fundraisers at his California home.

The other was billionaire Leandro Rizzuto Jr., another big Trump donor whose father founded Conair Corp., the hair products giant.

After Senate Republicans and Democrats declined to confirm Rizzuto Jr. as ambassador to Barbados, Trump appointed him senior officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Bermuda, which did not require Senate confirmation .

Deters, a self-proclaimed “outlaw” who once called Kentucky bar officials “human feces jokes” and the Kentucky Supreme Court “the seven dwarfs.”

He was suspended four times from practicing law, and in October, after swearing to continue practicing, Kentucky bar officials moved to find him in contempt in an action still pending before the Supreme Court.

Andrew Wolfson: 502-582-7189; [email protected]; Twitter: @adwolfson.