CLEVELAND — Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, warned Friday that many in his get together are engaged in a “losing strategy” by rallying round Trump’s false declare that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“I think as a party, frankly, we need to be on the side of truth, we need to be on the side of substance, and that’s how we’re going to win back majorities both in the House and the Senate and hopefully the White House in 2024,” Gonzalez stated at a digital discussion board hosted by the City Club of Cleveland.
“I think continuing to perpetuate falsehoods, especially ones that are dangerous that led to the violence on Jan. 6, is a recipe for disaster for the party, but it’s also horribly irresponsible,” he added.
Gonzalez, a former NFL participant who represents Ohio’s sixteenth Congressional District, additionally was one of 35 House Republicans who voted with Democrats this week to cross a invoice that will create an independent commission to examine the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol. The House beforehand impeached Trump over his position in inciting the assault. Gonzalez already faces two major challengers — together with a former Trump White House aide endorsed by the previous president — over his votes on each.
The Ohio Republican Party’s governing committee just lately censured Gonzalez and known as on him to resign. Other GOP officeholders who haven’t supported Trump’s faulty claims in regards to the final election even have been punished by their colleagues, together with Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who last week was ousted from her caucus management place.
During Friday’s discussion board, City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop pressed Gonzalez with a query from a longtime Republican activist within the Cleveland space who needed to understand how the GOP may survive as a get together beholden to Trump. Gonzalez responded with an prolonged critique.
“Sometimes when I hear us talk about the state of our party, we talk as if we somehow won an election,” Gonzalez stated. “Right now, my concern is we’re trying to excommunicate our own voters. When you’re fully out of power, you need to be adding voters, not subtracting voters. So this position that we find ourselves in is sort of baffling from a party standpoint. My hope is that we can find a way to coexist, build the tent, expand the tent and move forward.”
Moulthrop pressed extra, observing that Trump has expanded the get together.
“The reality inside our party is people do feel differently about President Trump,” Gonzalez replied. “If we’re going to win elections going forward, there has to be room for both. If we’re going to excommunicate people who feel differently than we [do] on one side or the other of that debate, then I think it’s a losing strategy for our party.”
Gonzalez famous that he ceaselessly voted for Trump’s insurance policies as a congressman. But Gonzlez’s major challengers have taken to branding him a RINO, or Republican In Name Only, for his pushback in opposition to Trump’s election lies.
“Anthony Gonzalez has abandoned our district, he’s not coming back,” Max Miller, the previous Trump aide, tweeted Thursday. “I look forward to earning the support of this district and fighting to advance President Trump’s America First agenda.”
Asked by Moulthrop if all of the GOP friction may yield a new get together, Gonzalez downplayed the suggestion.
“I’m always skeptical of third parties,” he stated. “They typically don’t work and they can be a bit embarrassing at times.”