Outgoing GOP Senator Pat Toomey Says Trump Should NOT Be 2024 Nominee, Calling His Behavior ‘Completely Unacceptable’
- Republican Senator Pat Toomey urged his party not to nominate Donald Trump as presidential candidate in 2024
- Toomey does not want a new term in office and was one of seven Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump during the Jan. 6 riots
- “The behavior of the president was completely unacceptable, so I don’t think he should be the candidate to lead the party in 2024,” he told CNBC.
- Trump has given his plans for 2024 but hinted he could run again
Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who is not seeking a new term in office, urged his party not to nominate Donald Trump as a presidential candidate in 2024, calling his behavior in the wake of the 2020 election “completely unacceptable.” ‘.
“I think the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, not a party about one person, and I think we will learn a lot from the next series of primaries,” he said. . CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy on Friday.
“I think after what happened after the 2020 elections, I think the president’s behavior was completely unacceptable, so I don’t think he should be the candidate to lead the party in 2024,” he added. .
Trump repeatedly and falsely claimed that he had won the 2020 election.
Toomey was one of seven GOP senators who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, on charges that the former president helped instigate the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, where his supporters attempted to certify the victory of Trump. Joe Biden to stop. The entire Senate eventually voted to acquit Trump.
Republican Senator Pat Toomey urged his party not to nominate Donald Trump as presidential candidate in 2024
Donald Trump Hasn’t Revealed His 2024 Plans Yet
The Pennsylvania senator had previously been a staunch ally of Trump in the former president’s administration.
He said he drifted away from Trump because the former president distanced himself from conservative policies.
“It is President Trump who has deviated from Republican orthodoxy and conservative orthodoxy in various ways. I stuck with the conservative views I’ve had for a long time, he had a different view on things like trade and sometimes immigration and other things,” he said.
Trump has not revealed his plans for 2024 but has said he is considering another run at the Oval Office.
The Republican field of those seeking the GOP nomination is expected to become clearer after the 2022 midterm elections.
Trump still holds significant sway in the Republican Party and his loyal tribe of MAGA supporters is expected to be a force in the GOP primary.
The former president has not been shy about going after those who have criticized him, including Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted for his impeachment.
Senator Pat Toomey arrives on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial in February 2021; he was one of seven Republicans who voted to impeach Trump
The entire Senate finally voted to acquit Donald Trump
Toomey announced in October that he will not be seeking a fourth term in office, shielding him from a Trump-led primary challenge.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he is backing Sean Parnell to replace Toomey. Parnell is a frequent guest on Fox News and a staunch ally of Trump.
Parnell is one of more than half a dozen Republicans running for the GOP nomination in the primaries.
The Pennsylvania Senate race is among the most competitive of the 2022 midterm elections.
Biden won Pennsylvania in the 2020 election after Trump won in the 2016 contest.