Maryland’s Republican governor believes the party asks for too much loyalty to be given to President Donald Trump.
Governor Larry Hogan spoke on Tuesday at the Politics and Eggs breakfast event in New Hampshire about the Republican National Committee throwing their “undivided support” behind Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“I was pretty critical of that,” said Hogan. “You know, and not that the Republican National Committee doesn’t have the right to support the sitting president, but to change the rules and to insist 100 percent loyalty to the Dear Leader, it just didn’t sound very much like the Republican Party that I grew up in, working for Ronald Reagan and supporting George Bush.”
The January resolution by the RNC to support Trump in the 2020 election came amidst rumors of a 2020 Republican primary challenger to Trump.
Bill Weld, who unsuccessfully ran as the vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 2016, has already said he will come forward and challenge the president.
Hogan has been another name mentioned as a potential challenger.
Source: Fox News
Asked about the possibility of getting into a primary race with Trump, Hogan said people have approached him and he is giving a run “serious consideration.”
“People have asked me to give this serious consideration, and I think I owe it to those people to do just that, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m listening, coming to New Hampshire, and listening to people is a part of that process,” said Hogan.
He also said his fellow Republicans’ reluctance to criticize the president is “very frustrating.”
“I know that there are a number of my colleagues, both governors and senators, members of the House who will say privately they’re very concerned, that they won’t say anything publicly, and I think it’s because, you know, they’re afraid,” he said. “There’s no profiles in courage here. They’re afraid of being primaried. They’re afraid of being tweeted about and very few of us are willing to say what we really think.”
He did, however, argue against impeachments proceedings against the president, a suggestion by a handful of Democrats in the wake of the release of the Mueller report.
“I don’t think they should begin impeachment proceedings; I don’t think it would be productive, I think most people in America are sick and tired of this whole two-year investigation, I don’t think there should be Democratic overreach,” said Hogan. “I also don’t think there should be a cover-up from the administration, I don’t think we should be whitewashing the thing.”
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The governor is quite nostalgic for the days of old in the Republican Party. Hogan said he hopes that the organization will “return to a more Republican party” in the future.
As if those comments weren’t enough, Hogan also added his voice to a chorus of Democrats trying desperately to turn the Mueller report into the smoking gun they claimed for years that it would be. Though he does not support impeachment, he does believe the president did some “very disturbing stuff.”
“There was some very disturbing stuff found in the report and just because aides did not follow his [Trump’s] orders,” the Republican governor told the press on Tuesday. “That’s the only reason we don’t have obstruction of justice.”
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