Republicans are faced with supporting the Trump Party, made up of rabble-rousers such as high school student harasser Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and rapid-fire Chihuahua Jim Jordan (R-OH). Or they might be able to find one of the rare species of real Republicans who have no fear of the ex-president, such as Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R).
The governor served two consecutive terms and just might be up for a run at senator or even president. Thus far, Hogan has not indicated what was next for him, but he did send out a tweet after Trump said he was throwing his serious weight behind Maryland’s state delegate Daniel Cox (R) for governor.
In actuality, the previous president lost Maryland in the 2020 presidential election by a whopping 33.2 percentage points, according to The New York Times:
‘Personally, I’d prefer endorsements from people who didn’t lose Maryland by 33 points. — Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) November 23, 2021′
Term limits prevent Hogan from running again for governor. However, he announced his support for State Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz. He tweeted a gigantic Trump slam, calling the ex-president a big loser.
Trump tried to throw back as good as he got during his announcement Monday. He said that the Maryland governor was a “RINO” aka a Republican in name only. The ex-president said:
‘[Hogan] has been terrible for our Country and is against the America First Movement. [and he] has been terrible for our Country and is against the America First Movement.’
Hogan blamed Trump for the January 6 attempted coup against American democracy. Then, in May, the governor said:
‘[Trump is] toxic for the Republican Party and as] for the country.’
The Washington Post’s David Weigel tweeted:
‘At the RGA meeting I asked Larry Hogan what he’d do in situations where he and Trump endorse different candidates, and Trump goes after him. “I’d say I ran 45 points ahead of him, so it doesn’t really matter what he thinks.”‘
Trump praised Cox:
‘[He is a] tough lawyer, and smart businessman, [is] very strong on Election Integrity. [And] fought against the Rigged Presidential Election every step of the way, and will bring secure Elections back to Maryland.’
In addition, the previous Maryland State Delegate Robin Ficker (R) is running for the Republican nomination.
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