Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he would “never vote” for former President Donald Trump again.
Bowers testified before the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 about the former president’s actions surrounding the 2020 election.
Partial transcript as follows:
JON KARL: Liz Cheney asked the question, could a president who was willing to make the choices that Donald Trump made –
REPRESENTING. LIZ CHENEY, (R-WY): Does Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 violence ever be given a position of authority in our great nation again?
BOWERS: I certainly hope not. I certainly do not trust this authority that he would exercise.
KARL: Liz also said that the reality we face today as Republicans is that we have to choose whether to be loyal to Donald Trump or to be loyal to the Constitution, and you can’t be both. , and that’s what — and that’s the choice the Republicans faced. I mean, that’s the choice you had to make.
BOWERS: Definitely and forcefully, as I said.
BOWERS: You will come to us or we will punish you and that is kind of the attitude of this particular band. If you want to build a party and an authority and get people to solve problems, you can’t base yourself on a lie. Eventually it collapses.
KARL: I’ve never met Kevin McCarthy…
KARL: – but if you were to offer him advice – I’m not sure he’s asking you, but –
BOWERS: I don’t think he would.
KARL: – but if you offered it to him –
BOWERS: Just tell the truth, look at the situation, look at the stakes. What is the issue here? You have to have a quality moral character and a moral compass and in the absence of that then the whole country is in danger.
KARL: So just to clarify, you no longer support Trump?
BOWERS: No. I’m not – I’m not – my vote will never tarnish his name on a ballot.
KARL: You’re never going to vote for Donald Trump again?
BOWERS: I will never vote for him. But I won’t have to…
BOWERS: Because I think America is tired, and there are absolutely powerful, qualified, morally defensible people with integrity, 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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