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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Says Trump’s Continued Focus on 2020 Election “A Recipe for Mid-Term Disaster”

Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas. AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

  • Gov. Hutchinson has said “questioning” the 2020 election would be “a recipe for disaster in 2022”.

  • On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Governor de l’Arche rejected Trump’s calls not to participate in the next election.

  • “This is about the future. This is not about the last election,” said the Republican governor.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s relentless attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a “disaster” for GOP candidates running for office next year.

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Arkansas Republican told host Chuck Todd the party would be better served by focusing on issues relevant to the future and not backing down on the presidential election hotly contested last year that saw current President Joe Biden oust Trump.

“The questioning of 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022,” he said. “Let’s talk about the future. The election is over. It was certified. States made decisions about the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where needed.”

Trump, who lobbied for a “forensic” audit in Arizona that failed to refute Biden’s statewide victory and called for additional audits in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, questioned the veracity of the election results and continues to claim that the election was “stolen” from him without providing any evidence to support his claims.

Last Wednesday, the former president suggested that GOP voters will not come to vote in 2022 and 2024 if the Republican Party does not fully support his refuted allegations about the election.

“If we don’t solve the 2020 presidential electoral fraud (which we have documented extensively and conclusively), Republicans will not vote in ’22 or ’24,” Trump said in a statement emailed to his supporters.

“It is the most important thing for Republicans to do,” he added.

Hutchinson, a two-term governor who was one of the first GOP governors to publicly push Trump to begin a transition process with Biden after last year’s election, said Trump’s remarks were not useful for the party.

“This is about the future. This is not about the last election. And these kinds of comments are not constructive,” he said. “We can win in 2022, and we will, but let’s focus on the important issues in our supply chain, of overcoming this pandemic, of freedom, and not of the last election.”

While Democrats hope that Trump’s continued domination of the GOP will keep independents and suburban voters on their side, the party is currently at a stalemate within the party over a multibillion-dollar reconciliation plan, and the House has yet to send Senate approved $ 1.2. Billion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill at Biden’s office.

Additionally, the president’s approval ratings declined after a summer marked by the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and setbacks in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which the GOP has sought to guide its messages from. campaign.

Republican power brokers are counting on Trump to play a major role in the 2022 midterm election and the former president continues to tout his own potential 2024 presidential bid.

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