Republican Senator Pat Toomey says that the GOP will likely have a stronger candidate than Donald Trump to pursue the Republican nomination for president in the next election.
The outgoing senator, who voted to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6th Capitol riot, told Bloomberg’s David Westin that he thinks the bombshell testimonies throughout the Jan. 6th panel hearings have irreparably damaged Trump’s reputation with the American public.
According to Mediaite:
DAVID WESTIN: Finally, let me ask you one political question. You’ve been outspoken about what happened in the January 6. Putting aside what you’re hearing in the, in the hearings right now, do you think that this effectively means that Donald J. Trump won’t get to run for a second term?
SEN. TOOMEY: Oh, I don’t know that it means that. I mean, he gets to decide whether he’s going to run, whether or not he’s successful. Look, I think he disqualified himself from serving in public office by virtue of his post-election behavior, especially leading right up to January 6. I think the revelations from this committee make his path to even the Republican nomination much more tenuous. You know. Never say never. And he decides whether to throw his hat in the, in the ring. But I think we’ll have a stronger candidate.
Trump has repeatedly hinted at launching a third presidential campaign but has stopped short of making any official announcements. A number of conservatives have also noted their interest in running in the next election but multiple have claimed they will not run against the former president.