Republican Governor Says Trump Is Finished

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is one of the 2024 Republican presidential race’s longshot candidates, was booed by a crowd at the Florida Freedom Summit after stating that former President Donald Trump was going to weaken the party for decades to come.

On Saturday, Hutchinson argued that there was a strong chance that next year former President Donald Trump was going to be “found guilty of a felony.” This statement was made at the Florida Freedom Summit in Kissimmee, Florida. As he argued, if Trump was found guilty it would become even harder for the GOP to win the presidential race if Trump, who is leading the polls, becomes the party’s nominee in 2024.

In the last year, Trump was indicted in two federal cases and two state cases and is facing dozens of felony counts, including allegations of falsifying business records in connection to a hush money payment, of mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House in 2021, and election interference charges relating to his attempts to overturn the election results in 2020. Trump has maintained that he has committed no wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. He has further stated that the charges against him were politically driven and an attempt to stop him from winning the 2024 presidential election.

Hutchinson, who had previously worked as a prosecutor, argued that there was a great chance that a jury would find Trump guilty of a felony offense. He added that while this may or may not occur it was something that people should consider before voting in March.

As he argued, while the charges might not be important to them, they would make it harder for the party to win the support of independent voters in November. Support from independents is crucial to the party if they want to win the Senate and House. As he pointed out, the Republican party could risk being weakened for decades if they don’t support the rule of law.

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