GOP Sen. John Thune Doesn’t Want “Trump-Like” Candidates Because They Aren’t Electable

The Republican party, at the moment, looks like it’s split in two. The larger of these factions is led by former president Donald Trump. He proved his control after 43 senators voted to acquit him and 150+ congresspeople backed his big election lie.

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The other faction, though, has some powerful backers too. It is led by senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who is currently in a feud with Trump. And now the number 2 Republican in the senate seems to be joining McConnell. On Friday, John Thune argued against “Trump-like” political candidates saying they’re not electable.

Thune made the comments while speaking to the Journal-Times. He began by criticizing states that have censured GOP lawmakers who voted to convict Trump. “There was a strong case made,” he said. “People could come to different conclusions. If we’re going to criticize the media and the left for cancel culture, we can’t be doing that ourselves.”

The South Dakotan also discussed how he thinks Republicans could win back the senate. “At the grassroots level, there’s a lot of people who want to see Trump-like candidates,” he said. “But I think we’re going to be looking for candidates that are electable.”

Thune ended by saying of Trump’s election lie, “You’ve got to face the music, and at some point, it’s got to be over and you’ve got to move on. I think it’s just important to tell people the truth. The most important responsibility of any leader is to define reality.”

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