Republican congressman says he won’t back Trump in 2024 primary, says GOP needs to ‘learn lesson too’ from 2020

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Representative Don Bacon speaks during a press conference to discuss the “Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018” on Capitol Hill, February 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. DC.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • GOP Rep. Don Bacon has said he won’t support Donald Trump in the 2024 primary if the former president runs.

  • However, Bacon did not commit to swearing at Trump if he were to be the Republican nominee.

  • In “Meet the Press,” Bacon urged his party to focus on the 2022 midterm elections instead of the 2024 elections.

Nebraska Republican Representative Don Bacon has said he would not support former President Donald Trump if he tries to seek the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Trump has toyed with the idea of ​​running for president in the next election, but has made no firm commitment. According to a report by Politico, Trump may be more likely to enter a race in 2024 if Biden announces his own re-election bid.

Bacon made his remarks to NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday when Todd asked if he would vote for Trump in 2024.

“I’ll be looking for other candidates,” Bacon said. “We have a big slate of potential Republican presidents for 2024, and I’m looking forward to getting very involved and trying to get the right candidate nominated.”

Asked by Todd if he would “never” vote for Trump, Bacon said, “I’m hesitant to go, but he’s not going to be my choice in the primary. That’s for sure.”

Bacon added that the average American doesn’t like “name calling” and “rude behavior” from politicians.

“We also have to learn the lesson, ‘Why did we lose in 2020?’ It was behavior and temperament, and yes, a democracy respects elections,” Bacon said. “And our president should have respected the conclusion.”

Bacon said the Republican Party should focus on the 2022 midterm elections instead of the 2024 elections.

“I feel like we’re missing the boat if we focus on 2024,” Bacon said. “I think if we have a Republican House and maybe a Republican Senate, that will force Joe Biden and his administration to go in the middle. But right now, that’s not the case. He’s more concerned with his left side of the driveway.”

Democrats could face a surge in November as strategists sounded the alarm that the party needs to shore up its messaging on the economy and other major issues affecting voters.

President Joe Biden was recently called “really twisted” by his low approval rating, which fell to 33%, according to a June 8 Quinnipiac poll.

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