Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana said he would not vote for former President Donald Trump if he won the Republican nomination to run for president in the 2024 election.
In an interview on “Axios on HBO”, Cassidy expressed his disdain and criticism for the former president. Cassidy was one of the seven Republican Senators who voted to impeach Trump earlier this year. During the episode, interviewer Mike Allen implied that it was likely Trump would win the Republican bid for president in the next election cycle. “I don’t know that,” Cassidy responded. “President Trump is the first president, in the Republican side at least, to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. Elections are about winning” (The Hill).
Allen followed up by questioning if he thought Trump would lose the nomination. “If you want to win the presidency, and hopefully that’s what voters are thinking about, I think he might,” Cassidy replied. “But it’s clear you ain’t voting for him,” Allen quipped. “I’m not,” the Republican lawmaker confirmed.
In February, when the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump was in progress, Cassidy voted to impeach Trump. He did so because he “took 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.” There were only six other Republicans to vote the same. As a result, the Louisiana Republican Party voted to censure Cassidy. Allen asked about this and Cassidy responded that he “slept very well that night”. The impeachment ended with Trump being acquitted in a 57-43 vote.
Cassidy told Dana Bash of CNN something similar earlier this year. When asked whether he would endorse Trump if he rean in 2024, he said he was unsure if Trump could “make it that far.” Cassidy elaborated, “That’s a theoretical that I don’t think will come to pass. I don’t mean to duck, but the truth is you could ask me [about] a lot of people, if they are fit. Point is, I don’t think he’ll be our nominee.”