- Once a Trump supporter, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers said he would never vote for him again.
- “I certainly don’t trust that authority that he would wield,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
- Bowers testified before the January 6 committee, prompting backlash from his own party.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, backtracked on Sunday on his previous support for former President Donald Trump.
“I’ll never vote for him, but I won’t have to. Because I think America is tired and there are absolutely powerful, qualified, morally defensible and upright people out there, and that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party and that’s what I want to see,” Bowers told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”
Bowers, once a Trump supporter, previously told The Associated Press that he would vote for Trump again if he was Biden’s rival, “simply because what he did the first time around, pre-COVID, was so good for the country”.
Since then, he has testified before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, receiving criticism from members of his own party, including the former president.
“I may, in the eyes of men, not hold correct opinions or act upon their views or beliefs, but I do not take this current situation in a light, fearful or vengeful manner,” the lawmaker said. ‘Arizona. the committee: “I do not want to win by cheating. I will not play with the laws to which I have sworn allegiance.”
Some Arizona Republicans have been supporters of Trump’s 2020 debunked voter fraud allegations – even trying to pass a bill that would allow the state legislature to void the election. Bowers thwarted the mostly Republican-backed bill before it became law.
His view now is that Trump should not hold power in office. “I certainly don’t trust that authority that he would wield,” Bowers told ABC.
He added: “I’ve sometimes thought of someone who was born the way he was, raised the way he was – he has no idea what a tough life is. And what people have to go through in real life – in the real world. He has no idea what courage is,” Bowers continued.
Bowers faces a Trump-endorsed nominee in the Aug. 2 Senate primary.