One of the House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after Jan. 6 warned that he’ll be “hard to stop” in 2024 because voters “still like him a lot.”
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) explained on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that Trump will be difficult to beat if he runs for president a third time amid an environment of high gas and food prices brought on by Joe Biden’s policies.
“He’s had a number of decisive wins, where he’s endorsed candidates that they have won,” Upton said of Trump. “He’s had a few losses as well, but he certainly entertains a majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop.”
Trump would also be formidable against Biden given Biden’s approval is even lower than Trump’s was at the same point in his presidency, Upton lamented.
“As we look at the economy, we look at gas prices, all these different things, folks are not really happy with the Biden administration, which is why he is mired at a level even below where Donald Trump was at this point in his tenure,” Upton said.
Upton, who opted to retire at the end of his term following his vote to impeach Trump, claimed a few of the other 9 Republicans who voted to impeach him may survive the midterm elections.
“We will see when these primaries are over, but yes, I think there will be some of the 10 that are standing,” Upton said.
One of those 10 Republicans, Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.) was defeated in his GOP primary last Tuesday against Trump-endorsed former state Rep. Russell Fry.
The 10 Republicans, including Upton, joined Democrats to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in a vote of 232-197, citing his speech at the Ellipse prior to the Capitol protests on Jan. 6, 2021.
In addition to Upton, three other GOP representatives who voted to impeach Trump opted to retire at the end of their terms rather than face a difficult primary: Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.).