During an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, Se. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said he doesn’t know if Donald Trump will run in 2024, but disputed the assumption that he would win the GOP nomination if he did run.
It’s a rare display of criticism from within the party that has mostly remained aligned behind the Former Guy. “Trump is the first president in the Republican side at least to lose the House, the Senate, and the presidency in four years. Elections are about winning,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy was one of just seven Republican senators to vote to convict Trump at the impeachment trial in January, and he told Mike Allen that he wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2024 if he ends up being the party’s nominee again. He voted to convict Trump, he says, because he took “an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we’ve had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”
Wow. GOP Sen Bill Cassidy says in new interview that he would not vote for Trump again if he ran in 2024. He says “elections are about winning,” and “Trump is the first president, on the Republican side, to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in 4 years.” pic.twitter.com/nmDpvJgmSF
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 17, 2021
“If you want to win the presidency ― and hopefully that’s what voters are thinking about ― I think he might [not win the nomination],” he added.
In 2016 Donald Trump to Republicans: "There's going to be so much winning, you will get tired of all the winning."
In 2021 Republican Senator Bill Cassidy: Enough, enough with this winning! We are, we are tired of your kind of 'winning' https://t.co/YvIDQuiLwp
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) October 18, 2021
Watch the full interview, below.