Once a Trump supporter, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said he would never vote for him again.
“I certainly don’t trust that authority he would exercise,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Bowers testified before the Jan. 6 committee, prompting opposition from his own party.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, retracted his previous support for former President Donald Trump on Sunday.
“I will never vote for him, but I don’t have to. Because I think America is tired and there are some absolutely powerful, qualified, morally defensible and sincere people, and that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party and that’s what I want to see,” Bowers told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”
Bowers, once a Trump supporter, previously told The Associated Press that he would vote for Trump again if he were Biden’s rival, “simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the country.”
He has since testified before the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and has been criticized by members of his own party, including the former president.
“I may not, in the eyes of people, have the right opinion or act in accordance with their views or beliefs, but I do not take this current situation in a light, fearful or vindictive way,” the lawmaker said. Arizona. the committee: “I don’t want to be a winner by cheating. I won’t play with laws to which I have sworn allegiance.”
Some Republicans in Arizona have supported Trump’s debunked claims about voter fraud in 2020 — even trying to pass a bill that would allow the state legislature to undo elections. Bowers foiled the mostly Republican-backed bill before it became law.
His stance now is that Trump should not remain in power during his term in office. “I certainly don’t trust that authority he would exercise,” Bowers told ABC.
He added: “I’ve sometimes thought that someone was born the way he was, raised the way he was – he has no idea what a hard life is. And what people have to go through in real life – in the real world. He has no idea what a hard life is. idea what courage is,” Bowers continued.
Bowers faces a Trump-approved candidate in the state’s primary on Aug. 2.
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