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Donald Trump 2024 run: GOP Senator Bill Cassidy says ex-POTUS will not be the 2024 nominee
Former President Donald Trump recently hinted at a 2024 run for the presidency again during his appearance at CPAC. While most Republicans have supported the idea, GOP Senator Bill Cassidy says Trump will not become the GOP nominee again.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cassidy, one of the seven GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump during the Senate impeachment trials, said that the former president will not be the Republican party’s nominee, despite still having much of an influence over its members. The Louisiana lawmaker cited that Trump may be too old for office by 2024. It should be noted that Trump is the second oldest US president elected, with his successor Joe Biden being the oldest president elected.
Speaking with host Dana Bash, Cassidy said that the GOP has to win in the 2022 and 2024 races, noting that the Republican party should not put one person in very high regard. “If we do that, we’ll do that by speaking to those issues that are important to the American people...not by putting one person on a pedestal and making that person our focal point,” said Cassidy. “If we idolize one person, we will lose and that’s kind of clear from the last election.”
Cassidy also noted that in a span of four years, the Republicans lost the majority in both the House and the Senate and now including the White House. The Georgia Senate runoffs last January unseated two Republican incumbents that led to the Democratic party holding the Senate majority due to vice president Kamala Harris. Cassidy is not the only prominent Republican who has since heavily criticized Trump. Number three House Republican Liz Cheney also said Trump should not be involved in the party moving forward.
Trump has all but said that he would be running for office again in 2024, which is something that his niece Mary Trump expressed doubt about. Speaking on MSNBC, Mary, who is one of the former president’s most vocal critics and the daughter of his late brother Fred Trump Jr, said that her uncle could not stand losing again for him to decide to run for office again. While Ms. Trump doubts her uncle would really run again, she said he will still have a lot to gain financially simply by implying that he will make another presidential bid.