Outgoing Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson vowed Friday that he would not endorse Donald Trump if the former president decides to run for another White House run in 2024 — with Hutchinson saying Trump is “after the 2020 presidential election.” a risk for the nation”. .
“As you can see from the testimony on January 6th, then and after the election, where he questioned the legality of the lawful transfer [power] – yes, that was a threat to our democracy. That was a threat to our governing institutions,” Hutchinson said to CBS Mornings. “And that’s not the behavior we want to see in a responsible president.”
Hutchinson, who is likely to be replaced as governor by former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, added he doesn’t think the House investigative committee into last year’s Capitol riots has found criminal misconduct by Trump linked to the events of June 14, 2021.
When asked if he agreed with Special Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) that Trump posed a threat to the US, Hutchinson finally agreed.
“Everyone formulates differently,” said the governor. “I would not support him for 2024. He acted irresponsibly. During that time he was absolutely a risk to the nation.”
Trump has yet to announce whether he intends to run for president again, though he has announced a final decision for November’s midterm elections.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely regarded as Trump’s most credible challenger, but the former president has expressed optimism about the outcome of a potential primary contest, recently telling the New Yorker he would win a showdown with DeSantis.
Asa Hutchinson’s comments came three days after Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior Trump White House adviser, testified before the Jan. 6 committee and made several bombastic claims — including that Trump knew several of his supporters were involved in the ” Stop The Steal” were armed. Rally leading up to the Capitol riot and that he made an “assault” on a Secret Service agent after being unable to travel to the Capitol that same day.
Her statement has since been questioned by sources close to the Secret Service, who claim the outage never happened.
Asa Hutchinson, who is believed to be unrelated to Cassidy Hutchinson, praised her testimony as “very convincing” on Friday.
“I think she clearly showed her concern and love for our country,” the governor said. “She seemed very believable, but the problem with the committee is that there’s no cross-examination. They don’t have other viewpoints, and that makes it harder… Second, they’ve gotten hearsay, and not being able to back it up undermines that statement.”
The committee will hold at least one more hearing this month and hopes to complete its work by early next year, when Republicans are expected to take control of the House of Representatives.
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