“If we idolize one person, we will lose,” the Louisiana Republican said.
Sen. Bill Cassidy on Sunday warned that the GOP’s continued embrace of Donald Trump would cost Republicans elections up and down the ballot in the coming years, and predicted that the former president would not become the party’s 2024 nominee.
“Over the last four years, we have lost the House, the Senate and the presidency,” Cassidy (R-La.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview.
“Political campaigns are about winning. Our agenda does not move forward unless we win,” he continued. “We need a candidate who can not only win himself or herself, but we also have to have someone who lifts all boats. And that’s clearly not happened over the last four years.”
Cassidy said Republicans could triumph in the 2022 midterm elections as well as the 2024 White House race by “speaking to those issues that are important to the American people,” not “putting one person on a pedestal and making that one person our focal point.”
He added: “If we idolize one person, we will lose. And that’s kind of clear from the last election.”
The senator’s remarks stand in stark contrast to the fervently pro-Trump rhetoric that has been on display in recent days at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla. — where prominent Republican officials have promoted the former president as the future of the party and sought to embrace his legacy.