Arkansas' GOP governor says he won't back a Trump 2024 bid

James Marshall
February 22, 2021

Asa Hutchinson (R) on Sunday swatted down the possibility of throwing his support behind former President Trump's potential 2024 White House comeback bid while arguing that Trump "should not define" the future of the Republican Party.

The challenge, Hoover noted, was that Trump still had a major influence over the party, mentioning a recent Quinnipiac poll that said only 20 percent of Republicans thought the GOP should move away from Trump and more towards the establishment wing of the party. "That's one of the reasons that my voice is important. others voice is important in this debate", Hutchinson, a Republican, said in an interview on CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back". A majority of Trump voters (54%) are more loyal to the candidate than the party (34%). Hutchinson told Bash on Sunday that while Trump will continue to have a voice in the Republican Party, the former President "should not define our future".

Hutchinson reiterated that Trump "should not define" the GOP's future.

Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando next weekend where, coincidentally, his speech will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement", according to the New York Post. "This led to the violent events of January 6 when we all watched violence in the hall of our nation's Capitol and couldn't believe our eyes".

"He's got a good family, I've worked with Ivanka and others, and they love America, but I would not support him for reelection in 2024".

But a Politico / Morning Consult survey released earlier this month and taken immediately after impeachment vote found 53 per cent of Republicans back Trump for 2024 with Mike Pence far behind in second place at 12 per cent. But Hutchinson did not join calls for Trump to resign and said impeachment wasn't a practical option.

After describing the announcement by his nephew, Arkansas State Sen. "So I think he's afraid - and it makes him a liar". Jim Hendren, announced that he´s leaving the GOP, citing Trump´s rhetoric and the riot at the Capitol by Trump's supporters.

"I won't say yet, but we have tremendous support".

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