Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) warned on Sunday that if the Republican Party sticks to former President Donald Trump, it will continue to lose elections.
The Louisiana Republican Party overwhelmingly censured Cassidy earlier this month after voting to convict Trump in the former president’s second impeachment hearing. Cassidy was one of seven Republican senators who voted “guilty” on the resolution.
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Cassidy explained on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Republican Party has suffered major defeats under Trump’s leadership.
“We’ve lost the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the presidency in the last four years,” Cassidy said. “Since Herbert Hoover, that hasn’t occurred in a single four-year cycle under a president.”
“Campaigns are about winning,” Cassidy said, adding that if Republicans want to win in the future, they must look past Trump.
In fact, Cassidy predicted that if Republicans continue to “idolize” Trump, they will lose in 2022 and 2024.
“You have to talk to people who didn’t vote for us last time if you want to win in 2022 and 2024,” Cassidy explained.
“Our policies are now outstanding. We had record jobs for every community before the COVID crisis, including Hispanics, African-Americans, women, the disabled, high school dropouts, veterans, and so on. We had policies in place that were successful “He went on to say more. “So, if that’s the case, and we’re willing to talk to those policies and those families, we’ll win.”
“We will, however, lose if we idolize one guy. And it’s obvious from the last election that this is the case “Cassidy issued a warning.
Despite Republican politicians’ differences about what position, if any, Trump would play in the party’s future, Republicans attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida on Sunday made a strong statement about Trump.
Trump was overwhelmingly chosen by CPAC attendees as their favored presidential candidate for 2024.
Trump got 55 percent of the vote in the CPAC straw poll. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second with 21% of the vote, followed by Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem with 4%.
Almost everyone who took part in the straw poll, 97 percent, felt Trump did a decent job as president.