In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) -- one of the few Republican House members to vote to impeach Donald Trump -- called the former president an "enormous political loser" and detailed why he wanted Trump stripped of power.
Gonzalez, a popular NFL football star who played at Ohio State University and has already announced he would not run for re-election, explained to the CNN host why he could no longer put up with Trump and what he feared the former president might have done.
"The impeachment was the hardest vote," the GOP lawmaker explained. "In order to get me to vote for any impeachment, I have to believe there was a grave assault on the country, committed by the sitting president, whoever it is. And so it was deeply sad to come to the conclusion that I did, and to feel like I could no longer trust the president of the United States, even for a few days to be the Commander in Chief of our military. I felt like I had no choice in the matter. I had to do what I felt was right to protect the country."
Later adding that he would do everything he could to make sure Trump is never president again, he told Tapper, "The country can't survive torching the Constitution. We have to hold fast to the Constitution, that needs to be the bedrock upon which we build our party and movement."
"We have to be a party of ideas. we have to be a party of truth, and the cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on January 6th," he continued. "The former president lied to us, he lied to every one of us, and in doing so, he cost us the House, the Senate, and the White House. I see, fundamentally, a person who shouldn't be able to hold office again because of what he did around January 6th, but I also see somebody who is an enormous political loser. I don't know why anyone who wants to win elections going forward wants to do that. I don't get it ethically and certainly not politically."
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