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Louisiana GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy said he will not vote for Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024.
During an interview with Axios, Cassidy — one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — also doubled down on his prediction that Trump will not be the GOP nominee if he decides to run again.
Cassidy claimed Trump was “the first president – on the Republican side, at least – to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years.”
“Elections are about winning,” Cassidy added.
“You think that if he ran, he could lose the nomination?” host Mike Allen asked.
“If you want to win the presidency, and hopefully that’s what voters are thinking about, I think he might,” answered Cassidy.
“But it’s clear you ain’t voting for him,” Allen said to Cassidy.
“I’m not,” the Republican senator responded.
Cassidy also defended his vote to convict Trump, which led to him being censured by the Republican Party of Louisiana.
“I slept very well that night,” the lawmaker said of his decision. “I take 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.”
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This isn’t the first time Cassidy has gone after Trump.
Earlier this year, Cassidy was asked by Fox News 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 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 on board — 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.”