Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the Republican working towards Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who final week gave highly effective testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 revolt.
Bowers, who’s blocked by time period limits from searching for one other time period within the Arizona House, is working for an open seat within the state Senate. Trump praised his GOP main rival, former Sen. David Farnsworth, for supporting the lie that the 2020 election was marred by fraud.
“Bowers must be defeated, and highly respected David Farnsworth is the man to do it,” Trump mentioned in his endorsement. “He will straighten things out and secure your Border.”
In his testimony final week, Bowers walked by means of what began with a Trump cellphone name on a Sunday after he returned from church. The defeated president laid out a proposal to have the state exchange its electors for President Joe Biden with others favoring Trump.
“I said, ‘Look, you’re asking me to do something that is counter to my oath, ’” Bowers testified.
Bowers insisted on seeing Trump’s proof of voter fraud, which he mentioned Trump’s workforce by no means produced past obscure allegations. He recalled Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani later instructed him, “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.”
Bowers earned nationwide acclaim together with his folksy recitation of the stress he confronted from Trump and his allies, together with offended and noisy protests outdoors his house as his grownup daughter lay dying inside from an prolonged sickness.
His efficiency additionally drew scorn from Trump allies. Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward tweeted her personal assist for Farnsworth the following day.
Bowers mentioned in an interview with The Associated Press that day that he thinks the voters will again him due to his honesty.
“Frankly, we feel good that this will will bring out a large independent group who finally see somebody that they feel they can put some confidence in as Republicans” Bowers said. “I think that’s our strongest part.”
The Legislature’s 2022 session ended final week and early ballots will likely be mailed out subsequent week for the Aug. 2 main. Bowers mentioned he is centered on successful the seat within the east Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
He mentioned the voters will resolve whether or not it’s him or Farnsworth they need within the state Senate.
“But it’s not David Farnsworth — it’s Donald Trump,” Bowers mentioned. “David is just a surrogate. And if they want Donald Trump in this position, they they should vote for David.”
Bowers did make some waves when he instructed the AP earlier than he testified in Washington final week that he would vote for Trump once more if the selection had been between him and President Joe Biden.
That remark ended up in nationwide headlines, because it got here in the identical interview the place he referred to as the previous president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election unconstitutional. He mentioned that Trump’s actions have harm the nation and created mistrust in elections, which he mentioned are honest.
He has labored to make clear that comment because it was revealed. He instructed the AP that he is much more against Trump after showing earlier than the fee investing the Jan. 6 assault on Congress. He mentioned he was floored whereas listening to first hand what Trump did to different officers, together with pushing Georgia Secretary of State Brad Brad Raffensperger to search out the 11,000 votes Trump would wish to reverse is loss within the Peach state.
“I want a robust, open, fair, honest primary election, and I want choices other than Donald J. Trump,” Bowers mentioned. “And there are some great choices available, and I hope we can get them over a finish line and not him.”