Senator Pat Toomey speaks to CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy on September 3, 2021.
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Senator Pat Toomey has urged his party not to nominate former President Donald Trump as a presidential candidate in 2024, calling his behavior "totally unacceptable" after the 2020 elections.
The Pennsylvania Republican voted to have Trump impeached for his role in fueling his supporters' Sept. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Speaking to CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy on Friday, Toomey, who does not intend to seek re-election in 2022, suggested that his party consider further presidential candidates in 2024.
"I think the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, not a party about a single person, and I think we will learn a lot from the next primaries," he said.
"I think after what happened after the 2020 elections, I think the president's behavior was completely unacceptable, so I don't think he should be the candidate for the party leadership in 2024."
Despite his staunch conservative record of a two-decade long Congress career, Toomey has broken away from the unwavering allegiance to the former president that now serves as the litmus test in the GOP. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania narrowly voted against formally reprimanding Toomey for his vote in condemnation of Trump in March, issuing a "strong reprimand" instead.
"I'm a Conservative Republican by any objective measure of looking at election results by comparing my views with those of a traditional Conservative Republican," Toomey told CNBC Steve Sedgwick.
"It is President Trump who has deviated from Republican and Conservative orthodoxy in various ways. I stuck to the conservative views I've had for a long time, he had a different view on issues like trade and sometimes immigration." And other things."
Trump's loyalty and a dispute over the investigation into the deadly storming of the Capitol have become focal points in a battle for the soul of the Republican Party in recent months.
The right-wing House Freedom Caucus has launched a print campaign urging House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to expel Reps Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the Republican conference for agreeing to sit on the Capitol Special Committee on Dec. January to collaborate.
The former president still has significant power over the GOP, with loyal candidates aiming to oust incumbent and established Republicans in regional primaries across the country, while Trump continues to spread lies about the theft of the 2020 elections.
Toomey also criticized Trump's agreement with the Taliban to completely withdraw US forces from Afghanistan.
"I think we had come to a point and we could have maintained a very modest presence on the ground, an extremely low casualty rate, and we had not had a death in Afghanistan for well over a year at a modest financial cost . " ," he said.
"For this price we would have supported the Afghans, who were actually the spearheads who fight, and could have prevented the reappearance of terrorists from a state controlled by the Taliban."