August 22, 2023

GOP Senator Calls on Trump to Drop from 2024 Bid

Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy called on former President Donald Trump to drop his 2024 presidential run, warning that he will lose the race.

Cassidy shared the comments during a Sunday interview on CNN.

"He will lose to Joe Biden, if you look at the current polls. I'm a Republican. I think any Republican on that stage in Milwaukee will do a better job than Joe Biden," he said.

"And so I want one of them to win. If former President Trump ends up getting the nomination, but cannot win a general, that means we will have four more years of policies which have led to very high inflation, to a loss of purchasing power for the average American equivalent to $10,000, and to many other things which I think have been deleterious to our country's future," he added.

"Of the 91 charges against Trump in the four different criminal cases spanning four different jurisdictions, Cassidy called those related to mishandling classified documents 'almost a slam dunk,'" CNN noted.

"He mentioned the recording of the 2021 meeting in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump discussed holding secret documents he had not declassified. 'If it’s proven, we may have a candidate for president who’s been convicted of a crime,' Cassidy said."

Cassidy is one of the only GOP senators to directly call on Trump to drop from the race, but not the only one to express concerns.

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has called on some GOP presidential candidates to drop from the race to unite the party against Trump.

Other Republican senators have expressed varying levels of concern, including questions about Trump's impact on other GOP candidates running in 2024.

Cassidy's words are unlikely to sway Trump, however, as he continues to poll far ahead of other GOP candidates ahead of the first GOP debate.

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