During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — who was one of the seven Republican Senators who voted in favor of the conviction of ex-President Donald Trump at the conclusion of his recent second impeachment trial — distanced himself from the former president. In short, Cassidy outlined the political failures of the Trump era, which included the Republican loss of the White House, House of Representatives, and Senate, and as the Senator noted, that across-the-board loss within a four year timeframe hasn’t unfolded since the era of Herbert Hoover, who was president almost 100 years ago. Trumpism is a disaster.
As Cassidy put it:
‘Campaigns are about winning. Over the last four years, we lost the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the presidency. That has not happened in a single four years under a president since Herbert Hoover. Now, if we plan to win in 2022 and 2024, we have to listen to the voters — not just those who really like President Trump, but also those who perhaps are less sure. If we speak to the voters who are less sure, who went from President Trump to President Biden, we win. If we don’t, we lose. That is a reality that we have to confront.’
Check out Cassidy’s comments below:
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on CNN's SOTU: “Over the last four years we lost the House, the Senate and the presidency. That has not happened in a single four years under a president since Herbert Hoover.”
Cassidy later said, “If we idolize one person we will lose.” pic.twitter.com/WkctiZwFse
— The Recount (@therecount) February 28, 2021
On CNN, Cassidy didn’t exactly seem enthused about the possibility of another Trump presidential run in 2024. Asked whether Trump is fit to serve as president again, Cassidy commented as follows:
‘For one, he’ll be 78 years old, but I don’t think he’ll be our nominee, for the reasons I’ve said. Over the last four years, we’ve lost the House, the Senate, and the presidency. Political campaigns are about winning. Our agenda does not move forward unless we win.’
Check out Cassidy’s comments below — notably, he also said that the eventual nominee for the GOP should lift “all boats,” in contrast to Trump’s divisiveness:
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2021
After voting in favor of Trump’s conviction, Cassidy faced serious criticism from within the Republican Party, including a censure from the Louisiana GOP. That censure doesn’t carry particularly substantive weight, but it does constitute a formal rebuke from the state party organization. These formal rebukes haven’t exactly spelled the end of all of their targets’ political careers, however — even the late John McCain was once censured by his homestate GOP. More recently, John’s widow Cindy was also censured by the Arizona Republican Party after she endorsed Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election.