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House Republican Says ‘Trump Lost His Mind’ After Losing 2020 Election, And That GOP Needs New Leadership

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Rep. Chris Jacobs

U.S. Representative Chris Jacobs (R-NY) said on Monday that Donald Trump “lost his mind” after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden and urged Republicans to move on from the former president, arguing that the party needs a “new generation of leadership” in 2024.

Jacobs, who voted to object to the certification of some states’ 2020 election results, also voted in favor of establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Now, the retiring House Republican is speaking out more forcefully against Trump.

“I just think his judgment from Election Day to January 6 was — I just think he lost his mind,” Jacobs told The Buffalo News, referring to Trump. “I really do. I just do.”

Jacobs told the news outlet that it would be “best for the party if we embrace the new generation of leadership” and that “a lot” of Trump’s accomplishments were “undone” by his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and incite the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol.

Jacobs abandoned his reelection bid this year after facing backlash for his embrace of a ban on military-style rifles after a mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store in May.

He was among the 14 House Republicans who voted in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a package of gun restrictions passed in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The New York Republican said he’d been following the January 6 committee’s public hearings and would be speaking out again after the committee issued a final report.