Retired Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) said Trump had deviated from conservatism and the party shouldn't nominate him in 2024.
Toomey told CNBC:
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.
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.
I am a Conservative Republican in every objective way when looking at the election results by comparing my views with those of a traditional Conservative Republican.
It is President Trump who has deviated from Republican and Conservative Orthodoxy in a number of 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 is not a conservative
Toomey has already made some of the above comments, but added that Trump had turned the Republican Party away from conservatism and created a political party centered around himself.
Donald Trump believes in nothing but doing what's best for Donald Trump. Toomey is right that Trump is not a conservative, but his warning is ineffective and far too late.
Imagine what could have been if people like Pat Toomey banded together and stopped Trump in 2015 and 2016.
Trump wasn't inevitable, just as his nomination in 2024 isn't inevitable. However, Republicans are still showing the same lack of courage, which means that in a few years time they will likely get the same failed candidate again.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association