U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement after Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign:
“Last week, voters across the country – Democrats, Independents, and many Republicans – joined together to reject candidates who pledged their allegiance to Donald Trump and his dangerous Big Lie. Tonight, with the dust not yet settled from the 2022 midterm elections and two years before the next election, Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign announcement doubles down on the Big Lie and the same failed, divisive policies that the American people have rejected in the last three election cycles. Count me among the millions of Americans who are sick and tired of Donald Trump’s dangerous conspiracy theories, and want our leaders to work together to get things done – on health care, on climate, on the economy, and much more.
“I have no doubt that the upcoming 2024 presidential campaign will be long and exhausting for the American people, but our country and our Constitution deserve better than the incompetence and lawlessness of Donald Trump. And make no mistake, Donald Trump is seeking an office he should be disqualified from ever holding again.
“We cannot ever forget that just 22 months ago, Donald Trump left office in disgrace after inspiring a violent attack on our democracy on January 6, and interrupting the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our nation’s history. My hope is that the ‘Party of Lincoln’ will reject Donald Trump in favor of someone who did not try to overturn the last election and who will accept the results of the next one. However, should Donald Trump become the Republican 2024 presidential nominee, I will be at the forefront of an all-hands-on-deck effort to make sure that he once again loses to Joe Biden, and that he is permanently retired to Mar-a-Lago.”