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Louisiana GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy made some startling comments this week that certainly make him seem like a typical D.C. swamp politician.
During an interview Thursday on Fox News Radio, Cassidy was asked by host Brian Kilmeade about Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney being ousted as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference over her opposition to Donald Trump.
Cassidy, who voted in favor of impeaching Trump earlier this year, bizarrely declared that Trump would not be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
“We absolutely feel like we need a Republican Party which is committed to conservative values that will bring it forward,” Cassidy said.
“As regards the president … returning to power, he lost. We lost the House. We lost the Senate. We lost the presidency and four years. Hasn’t happened since Herbert Hoover. Parties and elections are about winning. So, if you just want to brass tax it, we need to win,” he added.
Cassidy continued: “We can see that voters in swing districts did not swing for the Republican Party — they swang away. I supported the president’s policies. I was all onboard — one of the senators that voted with him the most often — but parties are about winning, and unfortunately, over the last four years, we had a track record of losing. We need to win going forward.”
“Republicans are about winning,” he said. “If we’re going to win, we can’t say, ‘Oh my gosh, we got more votes than anybody else in Republican history,’ but 7 million left to the Democrat. You know, that 7 million is the difference between Biden’s policies and our policies. We’ve got to be 7 million ahead, not 7 million behind.”
When asked if he would vote for Trump if he is the nominee, Cassidy responded, “He’s not going to be our nominee.”
The anti-Donald Trump Republicans have painted themselves into a corner and Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney just learned that lesson.
The congresswoman was removed from House Republican leadership on a voice vote.
Cheney said before the vote that she would do everything in her power to stop Trump from ever running for and/or winning office again.
But even after Cheney was removed from leadership she gave a defiant speech in which she admitted that she will do everything she can to prevent Trump from getting back to the White House.
Cheney does not have much power left but her plan appears to be some attempt to wrestle the party away from Trump supporters.
Before Cheney was removed, Trump issued a statement calling Cheney a warmonger.
“The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart,” he said. “As a representative of the Great State of Wyoming, Liz Cheney is bad for our Country and bad for herself. “
“Almost everyone in the Republican Party, including 90% of Wyoming, looks forward to her ouster — and that includes me!” he said.
Trump has endorsed New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik, who is quickly becoming the favorite to replace Cheney on her House Committee seats.