Senator Pat Tommy speaks to CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum on September 3, 2021 in Italy.
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Senator Pat Tommy urged his party not to nominate former President Donald Trump as the 2024 presidential candidate, calling his conduct “totally unacceptable” after the 2020 election.
The Pennsylvania Republican blamed Trump for his role in preventing the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill by his supporters in the impeachment trial after the former president’s misinformation led to widespread electoral fraud that has ” stole “the elections.
Speaking to CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy on Friday, Tumi, who is not seeking re-election in 2022, suggested her party would consider other presidential candidates in 2024.
“I think the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, not a party for one specific person, and I think we will learn a lot from the next round of primaries.”
“I think what happened after the 2020 election, I think the behavior of the president was completely unacceptable, so I don’t think he should be nominated to lead the party in 2024.”
Despite his staunchly conservative record during a two-decade Congressional career, Tommy severed an unwavering allegiance to the former president who now serves as a litmus test for the GOP. In March, the Pennsylvania Republican Party voted against Tommy’s formal conviction for his vote to condemn Trump, issuing a “loud rebuke” instead.
“I’m a conservative Republican for whatever reason, looking at the vote record, looking at my opinions versus a traditional conservative Republican,” Tomy told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick.
“It was President Trump who deviated from Republican conservatism and conservative conservatism in various ways. I stuck to the conservative views I had for a long time, he had a different perspective on issues like trade and sometimes immigration. et al. things.”
The controversy over Trump’s loyalty and the deadly Capitol Hurricane investigation have become central to the battle for the soul of the Republican Party in recent months.
The right-wing House Freedom Caucus has launched a lobbying campaign urging parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy to kick Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from the Republican convention.
The former president still wields significant power over the GOP, with candidates loyal to him aiming to oust current and mainstream Republicans in regional primary votes across the country, while pushing lies about Trump stealing from them. 2020 elections.
Tommy also criticized Trump’s deal with the Taliban to completely withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, a move he said was to impose a symbolic date for the withdrawal of US forces by the administration of current President Joe. Biden. was complicated.
“My point is that we had reached a point, and we could maintain a very modest presence on the ground, the casualty rate was extremely low, and we hadn’t died in Afghanistan for over a year, at a modest cost. Monetarily, ”he said.
“For that award, we would have supported the Afghans who were truly the tip of the spear, who were fighting, and could have prevented the re-emergence of terrorists from the Taliban-controlled state.”