As former President Donald Trump gears up for a serious legal battle concerning the classified documents probe, his political opponents are taking full advantage of the developing situation.
The latest Republican to demand Trump drop out of the 2024 race is former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a fellow Republican presidential candidate.
Hutchinson, a public critic of the former president, made clear during a recent ABC News’s "This Week" interview that he not only believes Trump should drop out of the running, but he also criticized other Republican candidates for claiming that the Department of Justice has been weaponized against Trump.
"In terms of the overall charge of weaponization of the Justice Department, look at Donald Trump. He’s already declared that he- if he’s elected president, he’s gonna appoint a special prosecutor to go after the Biden family," Hutchinson said.
He doubled down against Trump, adding, "That’s called a weaponization of the Justice Department."
Asa Hutchinson calls on his fellow Republicans to “back off” allegations that the DOJ has been "weaponized."
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"And so let’s back off of these accusations, and let’s get back to being the party of the rule of law, of the justice system supporting law enforcement and the equal application of the law," Hutchinson continued.
Hutchinson was asked whether or not he believes Trump should still be in the running, given the multiple indictments he faces, with possibly more to come prior to the 2024 election.
The former Arkansas governor argued that it's "not fair" to voters for Trump to continue to run his campaign while facing such allegations.
"Whenever you’ve got these serious allegations against you, whenever you’ve got the challenge of multiple different investigations during the course of the next year, it’s not fair to the country and certainly it’s not fair to the party that wants to get this country back on track," Hutchinson said.
For his part, Hutchinson has very little support in his bid for the White House. Social media users clobbered him for saying what he said.
"Ahhh career politician saying career politician things. So refreshing!!," one Twitter user wrote.
Another Twitter user added: "He’s a legacy Republican. Their time is over."
Only time will tell if Hutchinson gains any traction, but given his stance on the most popular Republican candidate running, he's going to need more than luck to stand even a remote chance at competing.