Arkansas GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson has said he would not support former President Trump if he chose to run for President in 2024.
“No, I will not,” he told reporters when asked if he would support Trump in a 2024 bid. “He has a wonderful family and they do love America, but no, I would not support Trump for reelection.”
“We can’t allow Trump to define us going forward because that would further divide the nation, and it would hurt the GOP,” he said.
Hutchinson’s words come after his nephew, Arkansas state Sen. Jim Hendren, left the GOP and became an Independent due to Republicans’ loyalty to Trump.
Hutchinson claimed his nephew’s choice to leave the party “saddens” him and “is a warning sign.”
“It saddens me, and it’s a warning sign that many people would like to see a more civil discussion” he said this Sunday.
Trump has yet to say for sure if he will run in 2024, but he hinted at the issue last week.
“I won’t say yet, but we have overwhelming support. The poll numbers are through the roof,” he said during a Newsmax interview.
Trump is speaking at CPAC this Thursday, despite the false allegations that he incited the Jan. 6 protest, which saw thousands of Americans protest the election results. Ending in a violent event that caused four of those protesters to die and one police officer to die of unknown reasons.