Though he only served one term in Congress, Rep. Peter Meijer (MI) is one of the few Republicans in Congress who voted to impeach former president Donald Trump for his role in the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. And he’s now warning his party that they should get used to losing elections because they’re on a path to doing that again and again in the future.

Speaking with Politico, Meijer began by making it clear Trump will not get his support in the 2024 election, and predicted the ex-president will fail to earn a second term in office.

“I want someone to demonstrate a track record of being able to win. Hillary Clinton was probably the worst Democratic nominee of my lifetime. If he was outlining a positive agenda and speaking of the things that were started and hoping to be completed, if his message was about pointing the country in a better direction, it would be very different than what we have right now, which is just like the pettiest of petty grievances. I think he had a very negative impact on both candidate selection in terms of endorsements, but also just the amount of quality candidates in competitive seats. I think there’s a constructive role that he could be playing, and I have yet to see him make an effort, so to hell with it.”

Meijer lost the 2022 midterm Republican nomination in his district to John Gibbs, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who proceeded to lose the general election to Democrat Hillary Scholten. The GOP obsession with conspiracy theories, Meijer predicts, is one of the things that threatens the party.

“My frustration is [conspiracy theories] lead folks on the right to go down these rabbit holes and chase their own tails. Meanwhile, some of the really serious, severe things that are critical for us to get ready for the future of the country: competing with China, dealing with our deficit, dealing with entitlement reforms. These are not easy things that we can like, manage in bite-sized chunks.”

That fascination with absolute nonsense, Meijer believes, will work to the advantage of Democrats and make the GOP irrelevant with the majority of voters.

“So much of the energy is ultimately expended down avenues that are just hamster wheels. I think that gives Democrats a tangible advantage. We saw that electorally, when they can at least pretend to be speaking to issues and not seem crazy, even if they are unwilling to change their policy outcomes that are not making those issues better. At least rhetorically, they seem to be coming from a more reality-grounded place.”

Fewer Republicans in elected office? That sounds like a great way to keep our democracy healthy and free of insurrectionists.

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