Former lawmaker explains why Trump will 'kneecap' the GOP 2024 presidential nominee if he bows out
President Donald Trump and the alleged 'fake Melania' Trump (Twitter)

Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon with host Alex Witt, former Rep. Dave Jolly (R-FL) laughed at the idea of Trump helping out the Republican Party if he decides to bow out of the 2024 GOP presidential sweepstakes.

Jolly, who left the House after skirmishing with the now-former president, said Trump will likely take a "pox upon both of your houses" stance if he bows out of politics due to either his legal problems or disinterest in running now that he has a possible money-making venture with his "TRUTH SOCIAL" media platform.

Talking about the upcoming midterms and beyond, Jolly suggested, "Look, I think there's clearly an opportunity for Democrats to improve their messaging, their policymaking, and I think you'll see a stronger Joe Biden a couple years from now if he's facing re-election."

"What it does say is Donald Trump very likely could be the nominee of the Republican Party and he very well might win-- but it's a slim chance," he elaborated. "This is a person who lost the popular vote twice, and so the Catch-22 for Republicans is, if he decides to run and gets the nomination, you're going into '24 with a losing candidate."

"However, if he doesn't run, here's the thing I find most intriguing, Alex," Jolly said with a smile. "There's no off-ramp for Donald Trump that is gracious and empowers other Republicans behind him. He will say he's not running because the system is rigged and nobody should participate in, and he'll actually kneecap whoever might be the potential Republican nominee behind him. So look, it's a Catch-22, and I suppose a Catch-24 for the GOP."

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