Don Bacon (R-NE) said during a Sunday appearance that Trump would not be his ideal choice in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. He did not swear off Trump as an option but appeared hopeful that other candidates would step in as a better option.
“We have to learn the lesson of ‘Why did we lose in 2020?’ It was the comportment and the temperament,” Bacon said. “And yes, a democracy respects elections. And our president should have respected the conclusion [in 2020], particularly when all the court cases were figured out.”
WATCH: Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) tells #MTP former President Donald Trump won’t be his pick for the Republican presidential primary in 2024.
“We have to learn the lesson of ‘why did we lose in 2020?’ It was the comportment and the temperament.” pic.twitter.com/3ldXE4qjbI
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When asked by Meet the Press host Chuck Todd if he could imagine voting for the former president, Bacon said it was on the table but not his current focus.
“Well, I’m going to focus on 2022, but no, I’ll be looking for other candidates,” Bacon noted. “We have a great slate of potential Republican presidents for 2024, and I look forward to being very involved and trying to get the right candidate nominated.”
When asked by Todd if he would support Trump if he was nominated, the Nebraska Republican seemed uncertain.
“You know, I’m reluctant to go there. But he’s not going to be my choice in the primary, that’s for sure.”
The former president has alluded to a 2024 run multiple times since he left office. His most recent election hint was made during his appearance at the 2022 NRA Convention.
Bacon has been fairly critical of the former president in the past. He supported creating the Select Commission on Jan. 6 but voted against impeaching the former president over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.