Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House, declared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he would “never vote again” for former President Donald Trump.
According to a report by Breitbart News, Bowers provided testimony to the House Select Committee on January 6 regarding the former president’s actions in relation to the 2020 election.
Interviewer Jon Karl questioned the lawmaker saying, “Liz Cheney asked the question, can a president who was willing to make the choices Donald Trump made — ‘Donald Trump made during the violence of January 6th, ever be trusted with any position of authority in our great nation again?'”
Bowers replied saying, “I would certainly hope not. I certainly don’t trust that authority that he would exercise.”
Karl responded saying, “Liz also said that the reality that we face today as Republicans is we have to choose 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 faced.
“Definitely and forcefully so, as I said,” Bowers responded. “You will come to us or we will punish you and that’s kind of the attitude of that particular group. If you want to base a party and an authority and move people to solve problems, you can’t base it on a lie. Ultimately that falls apart.
Karl drilled down on the issue, asking “So just to clarify, you’re not supporting Trump again?”
“No. I’m not — I’m not — my vote will never tarnish his name on a ballot,” Bowers said.
“You’re never again going to vote for Donald Trump?” Karl asked.
“I’ll never vote for him. But I won’t have to —” Bowers responded. Later in the interview, Bowers said, “I think America’s tired, and there’s some absolutely forceful qualified morally defensible and upright people and that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party and that’s what I want to see.”