GOP Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has called on his party not to choose former President Donald Trump as their presidential nominee in the next election. Donald Trump is leading the 2024 Republican primary field. However, Toomey did not point out who would serve better to replace him.
In an interview with CNBC on Friday, Sept. 3, Toomey suggested the Republican Party should consider other candidates.
“I think that the future of our party is to be a party of ideas, and not to be a party about any one individual, and I think we will learn a lot from the next set of primaries,” he told CNBC at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy.
“I think after what happened post-2020 election, I think the president’s behavior was completely unacceptable, so I don’t think he should be the nominee to lead the party in 2024,” Toomey said.
Toomey was one of a few Republican senators voting in February to convict Trump in the Senate’s impeachment trial. The former president was acquitted of allegations that he had a role in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
Pennsylvania’s Republican Party in March issued a “strong rebuke” to Toomey for his vote to convict Trump.
The Republican senator, who is serving his second term, decided not to seek reelection or run for governor in 2022.
Toomey told CNBC that he is a conservative Republican “by any objective measure, by looking at the voting record, by looking at my views compared to that of a traditional conservative Republican.”
The retiring lawmaker claimed that Trump is the man who departed from Republican orthodoxy in various ways.
“I stuck to the conservative views that I’ve had for a long time. He had a different point of view on matters such as trade and sometimes immigration and other things,” Toomey said.
But Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hardline conservatives, defended Trump, encouraging the former to run for another term in 2024, Des Moines Register reported.
“I think he’s gonna run. I want him to run. He’s proven he can take the heat. We’re at a moment now where you’ve got to have someone who’s willing to fight, willing to stand up to all the abuses,” Jordan said at the Dallas County Republican Party’s “Party Like a Patriot” in Iowa on Thursday.