Retiring GOP Senator Knocks Trump’s ‘Unbelievably Terrible’ Campaign Rollout – Rolling Stone

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Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), whose 12-year term in Congress expires next month, said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump has failed to maintain his iron grip on the Republican Party, in part because of Republicans’ underperformance in the midterm elections and the way in which Trump launched his re-election bid.

Appears on CNN State of the UnionToomey addressed his closing advice to his GOP colleagues, after saying on the Senate floor Thursday that his party “cannot be about one man or be obligated.”

Host Jake Tapper asked the outgoing senator if he believed Republicans are “increasingly receptive to that message,” and if Trump’s rule over the party is waning.

“Absolutely,” Toomey replied. “First, I think his influence was waning — not as quickly as I had hoped — but I think it was waning. But last month’s election results I think are dramatically accelerating the waning, and, frankly, his incredibly terrible rollout of his re-election — his election campaign isn’t helping him either.

Coincidentally, the Republicans lost the race to fill Toomey’s seat, meaning the Democrats will control the chamber with an outright majority and not rely on a tiebreaker vote by the vice president. The GOP did manage to win back the House, albeit by a much smaller margin than expected, giving House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) some headaches when it came to getting enough votes collect to become a Speaker.

A week after the midterm elections — but before the second round of Georgia’s Senate election — Trump announced his candidacy during a lethargic speech from Mar-a-Lago. He has since demanded the “termination” of the Constitution to get his old job back, dined with a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, and berated NFTs, a move that even some of his most loyal supporters couldn’t get behind. In addition, Trump’s eponymous organization was convicted of nine counts of tax fraud, losing major donors one by one.

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Toomey specified that an example of what he viewed as the party’s willingness to go beyond Trump was the “impressive turnout of prominent Republicans attending events such as the [Republican Jewish Coalition’s] rally in Las Vegas talking openly about themselves as candidates after Donald Trump had already made it clear that he was a candidate. At that event last month were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who, the day after Trump’s announcement, summoned to “leaders who look ahead, don’t stare in the rearview mirror and claim victimhood.”

“It tells you that they view the Republican electorate as much more open,” Toomey said. And in my travels since the Pennsylvania election, I’ve heard from many, many former very pro-Trump voters that they think it’s time for our party to move on. So yes, I think that process is underway. It’s not flipping a switch. It doesn’t happen overnight. [Trump] still has a sizable following, that’s for sure. But I do think his influence is waning.”


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