Retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who has served since 2011, has said that he believes that former president Donald Trump should not lead the Republican ticket in 2024.
Toomey, who gave his views in an interview with CNBC in Italy on Thursday, voted to convict the former president in the impeachment trial when Trump was accused of inciting an insurrection on January 6th, and said that Trump’s conduct in the aftermath of the 2020 election was “completely unacceptable”.
The Pennsylvania Senator comments come as many sources indicate that Trump is ready to announce his 2024 White House bid imminently. If Trump were to be victorious at the next election, he would be only the second president in history to serve as Commander-in-Chief on two separate occasions, with the first being Democrat Grover Cleveland who served as 22nd and 24th president.
Toomey indicated that there are an abundance of “traditional conservative candidates” in the current Republican Party who would do a fantastic job of leading the ticket in 2024 as opposed to Trump.
Senator Toomey has a long voting history of supporting the Trump Agenda in the Senate, but drew his own personal line after the former president’s dispute of the 2020 election results, in which he claimed that mail-in voting had been used by Democrats to skew the results in several key states.
Toomey is one of five long-serving Republicans to retire from the Senate before the 2022 midterm elections, which could give Trump the opportunity to secure a MAGA takeover of the Senate in the 2022 vote, in anticipation of him winning the White House in 2024.
The former president spoke recently at a rally in front of supporters in Alabama where he blasted Joe Biden’s Afghanistan policy and told the crowd it was ‘time for real leadership in the White House’.