Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson from Arkansas said during his appearance on “Fox News Sunday” that former President Donald Trump was “morally responsible” for the events of January 6.
Hutchinson has previously said that he’s considering a presidential bid in 2024 himself, and during his interview, he made comments that seem to signal his intentions to run against Trump after being asked about the House Select Committee To Investigate January 6th’s hearing.
Watch his remarks on the former President up until the 2:45 minute mark.
In response, he admitted the hearings were “not the most bipartisan effort,” but that Americans still “want to hold the people who are responsible for the Jan. 6 attack accountable.”
“Now, the whole premise of the hearing is that President Trump is criminally responsible, and that’s the case that they’re trying to make,” Hutchinson said. “As Bill Barr has said, I think that is a heavy lift. I don’t see the factual basis for that.”
While it cannot be proven criminally, he said that Trump is responsible for what happened that day and wants the country to move on from the former president and the events of over a year ago.
“You can make the case, and I would agree, that he is politically and morally responsible, but much of what has happened. But in terms of criminal liability, I think the committee has a long way to go before they could establish that,” he said.
The Governor was immediately thrashed online.
Political commentator Leo Terrell tweeted out President Trump’s reaction to Hutchinson and then called for the people of Arkansas to vote him out.
One user asked, “When are you patriots in Arkansas going to dump this worthless RINO?”
One twitter user called him a globalist.
In a further dig at Trump during his interview, the Arkansas Governor said that the future of the Republican Party needs to change and needs to stop re-litigating the events of the past.
“Well, I hope that the future of the Republican Party is different than former President Trump’s leadership. I hope we move in a different direction. I believe that what happened on Jan. 6 is a lot at his feet. It was wrong for our country and for him to continue to push that theory I agree is the wrong direction for the Republican Party,” he said. “I think there’s many Republicans that are looking for an off-ramp, new opportunities to find leadership in the future.”
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Trump “got off track in Jan. 6 and that was a costly error for our democracy,” Hutchinson concluded.
Huthison has previously given negative opinions on Trump’s hold on the Republican party and has pushed for the GOP to separate themselves from him in the next election – despite Trump receiving more votes than any Republican presidential candidate in history.
“And I agree with a lot of the comments. He is — he has a responsibility there. We need to make sure that’s clear,” he finished during his statements to Fox.
Hutchinson then called on Republicans “to do a lot of soul-searching as to what is the right thing here, what is the right thing to say for our party and our democracy and our future, and not simply appeal to the basest instincts of some of our base.”
Trump is likely running again in 2024. He’s pretty much said as much and it is only a matter of time before he launches his reelection bid. Hutchinson has not made a move to do so yet, but has previously mentioned it. If the election were held today for the Republicans, would you vote for Trump or Hutchinson? Let us know your thoughts below.