GOP Speaker Rusty Bowers of the Arizona House of Representatives defended his testimony he had given to the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riots, and said he would “not vote for former President Donald Trump again”. “.
During an interview on ABC This week Released on Sunday, Bowers talked about pressure from Trump and his allies in an effort to reverse the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona, where Biden won by nearly 11,000 votes.
Bowers joins a list of Republicans who have broken up with the former president, and testified against him before a Select House committee. In his testimony, Bowers said that Trump and his legal team discussed with him a conspiracy that would allegedly employ pro-Trump election officials who would falsely declare the former president’s victory in the state.
“Did you ever consider going with it?” Host Jonathan Carl asked Bowers during an interview at his home in Mesa, Arizona.
“It’s a new one for me. I’ve never heard of that. The idea of kicking out the presidential election is fine, so what part of Jupiter do I get to land and colonize?” Bowers said.
He also said he repeatedly asked Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for evidence of the election fraud claims that thousands of dead people voted in Arizona. However, Giuliani “never” provided names, data, or anything else that would prove the validity of those claims, according to Bowers.
“If we want to base a party and authority on something and push people to solve problems, you can’t base it on lies. Eventually, it falls apart,” Bowers said. A primary for the Arizona Senate on Tuesday.
However, his fate in the upcoming election is uncertain as the Arizona GOP formally condemned him for his January 6 testimony, which also prompted him to face investigations and threats.
“I’ve told people to walk up and say… ‘I’m ashamed of you,'” he said, also calling him a “traitor” and “the price of treason is hanging.”
Trump also criticized him during a rally in Prescott, Arizona last week.
“Rusty Bowers, he’s a RINO. [‘Republican in name only’] Cowards who participated the other day in a completely partisan unelected committee of political thugs and hacks against the Republican Party, and discredited themselves, and they defame the state of Arizona,” Trump told the crowd, according to ABC News.
When asked about Trump’s remarks about him, Bowers replied: “I have wondered many times how a person was born and raised, that [Trump] They have no idea what a tough life is all about, and what people have to go through in the real world. He doesn’t know what courage is.”
In another instance, the former president threatened Bowers with an audiotape of a conversation between them that he implied might contradict his January 6 testimony.
Meanwhile, Bowers was asked about his views on Trump’s influence on GOP leaders in Arizona.
“Well, those leaders in Arizona are an interesting group in their own right. They rule by fraud and intimidation,” he said. “So, you know, they found a place, they found a way out and that’s fear. And people can use fear, like to use fear as a weapon. And they weaponize everything. Make it. It doesn’t lead me to use swindle.”
Additionally, on the prospect of voting for Trump again in 2024, Bowers said: “My vote will never tarnish his name on a ballot.”
“I would never vote for him,” Bowers said. “But I don’t have to, because I think America is tired. And there are totally strong, qualified, morally, defensive and honest people. And that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party.” And that’s what I want to see.”
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