GOP senator: ‘I don’t think Trump can win a general election’

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said he does not believe former President Donald Trump can win in a general election for president.

“I don’t think Trump can win a general election,” Cassidy said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s claim that there are only three “credible” candidates for president in 2024 — himself, Trump and President Joe Biden — and only two (himself and Biden) who could win in November.

Cassidy pointed out that the statement was also a way to dismiss “formidable” GOP opponents, like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who filed paperwork to run on Friday. “You just have to take this as a competitor trying to dis others,” Cassidy said. DeSantis has yet to officially enter the race, but the Republican governor is expected to launch his campaign this week.

Trump is currently the front-runner in the growing GOP field. But his victory is anything but certain, Cassidy said, pointing to a poor performance from Trump-endorsed candidates in the midterm elections last year — particularly in swing states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona.

“If past [is] prologue, that means President Trump is going to have a hard time in those swing states, which means that he cannot win a general election,” Cassidy said.

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