House Republican Voices Grave Concerns About Trump’s Plans For 2024

Retiring Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) predicted how Donald Trump could also be laying the groundwork to steal the 2024 election, slamming the previous president as an “enormous political loser” who led the GOP “into a ditch.”

“It looks to me … that he has evaluated what went wrong on January 6. Why is it that he wasn’t able to steal the election? Who stood in his way?” Gonzalez, one in every of 10 House Republicans who voted to question Trump for inciting the Capitol riot, advised CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

“Every single American institution is just run by people. And you need the right people to make the right decision in the most difficult times. He’s going systematically through the country and trying to remove those people and install people who are going to do exactly what he wants them to do, who believe the ‘big lie,’ who will go along with anything he says.”

Since final yr’s vote, Trump’s persistent “stolen election” disinformation marketing campaign has been accompanied by GOP-led adjustments in states’ voting legal guidelines throughout the nation. In a number of swing states, pro-Trump conspiracy theorists are working for key election administration positions, doubtlessly paving the way in which for Trump to succeed the place he failed after the 2020 election.

Should Trump run once more in 2024 and lose, Gonzalez stated, he was involved that Trump would attempt to steal the election once more, however “with his people in those positions.”

Reflecting on the Jan. 6 riot, the lawmaker stated it was no shock there was violence, since members of Congress did issues like examine the try to overturn the election outcomes to the American Revolution, doubtless referring to Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who tweeted “Today is 1776” on the day of the riot.

Gonzalez introduced in September that he won’t search reelection, citing a need for extra household time and “toxic dynamics” throughout the GOP as the primary components resulting in his choice.

“1 down, 9 to go,” Trump stated in an announcement after Gonzalez’s announcement. Last month, Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) grew to become the second Republican who voted to question Trump to make the identical choice. All 10 confronted backlash from Trump and a few GOP colleagues.

Asked by Tapper for his message to Republican voters and leaders, Gonzalez urged them to “keep the faith.”

“The country can survive around a bad policy,” he stated, criticizing President Joe Biden. “The country can’t survive torching the Constitution. We have to hold fast to the Constitution. That needs to be the bedrock upon which we build our party and our movement.

“We have to be a party of ideas. We have to be a party of truth. And the cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on Jan. 6. The former president lied to us. He lied to every one of us.”

Should Trump run once more in 2024, Gonzalez stated he would do all the things he might to maintain him from successful ― besides voting for Democrats.

“Jan. 6 was an unconstitutional attempt led by the president of the United States to overturn an American election and reinstall himself in power illegitimately. That’s fallen nation territory. That’s third world country territory,” he stated. “My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here. Can I stop them? I have no idea. But I believe as a citizen in this country who loves this country and respects the Constitution. That’s my responsibility.”