Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that he and the majority of Republicans are “tired of losing,” in a thinly veiled critique of former President Donald Trump.
The former Kansas congressman, who served as CIA director and secretary of state under Trump, mocked one of Trump’s famous claim that he would deliver victories until Americans grew “tired of winning.”
“We were told we’d get tired of winning. But I’m tired of losing. And so are most Republicans,” Pompeo tweeted. “Today, I’m going to speak at @RJC on how we can regain Americans’ trust and win again.”
Today, I’m going to speak at @RJC on how we can regain Americans’ trust and win again.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) November 18, 2022
Pompeo also told followers that he would be speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting Friday, joining other Republicans considering a 2024 presidential run, the Associated Press reported.
Trump will not attend the conference in person but is scheduled to speak virtually, the outlet reported. His potential rivals, former Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, will give their addresses in person. Other attendees include House Speaker nominee Kevin McCarthy, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Sen. Rick Scott. (RELATED: POLL: DeSantis Leads Trump In Texas GOP Primary Matchup)
The Republican primary pool is more likely to increase after several key Trump-endorsed candidates in Arizona and Pennsylvania lost their bids in the midterm elections. These losses caused major Republican donors to become hesitant to back the former president in his third bid for president, the outlet reported.
The event will take place at the Las Vegas Strip’s Venetian Hotel in honor of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s late benefactor, Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire GOP megadonor and Trump ally who passed away last year, according to the Associated Press. His wife, Miriam, is hosting the event but vowed to remain “neutral” toward the various candidates.
Republican presidential hopefuls have hinted that the party is in need of new leadership in 2024. Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group investment firm, said that he would support a “new generation” of candidates after backing Trump in the past.
Pence told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that Republicans will have “better choices” than Trump in 2024.
Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reportedly received a large round of applause Tuesday when he told Republican governors that Trump is responsible for the party’s losses in the midterm elections. He pointed to the last three election cycles — 2018, 2020 and 2022— in which Republicans suffered electoral losses.