‘Rusty is a fitting name’: Trump rips ‘weak’ and ‘absolutely terrible’ Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers for saying he would never vote for him again
- Donald Trump took aim at Arizona Republican House Speaker on Truth Social
- Rusty Bowers is currently running for the state Senate, where he faces a challenger recruited by Trump to derail his political career
- He and Trump clashed when Bowers refused to overturn Arizona’s 2020 results
- Bowers testified before the House committee on Jan. 6 in June, but said he would vote for Trump over Joe Biden if given the chance.
- He backtracked on Sunday, saying he would ‘never’ vote for Trump
Donald Trump lashed out at Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Monday after the Republican state official told ABC News he would never vote for the former president again.
Bowers had been censured by the Arizona GOP after testifying before the Democratic-led House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in June.
The state politician told lawmakers during the public hearing that the ex-president tried to pressure him into overturning Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.
Trump used his Truth Social app a day after appearing on ABC’s This Week to claim Bowers was incapable of handling the election or the southern border crisis.
“Remember Arizona, your so-called ‘speaker,’ Rusty (an apt name because he’s rusty, just like steel gets rusty and weak) Bowers, is absolutely terrible,” the former president wrote.
“He’s ‘weak’ and wrong on everything, including your awful Open Border and your pathetic ‘countdown’. Vote him out!
Although he testified against Trump before the Jan. 6 committee, Bowers always praised him and his policies and said he would support Trump in eventual re-election.
Donald Trump responded to criticism of his fellow Republican Rusty Bowers on Monday
On his Truth Social app, Trump mocked Bowers’ name and criticized his handling of the 2020 election
Bowers told The Associated Press in June, “If he’s the nominee, if he was against Biden, I would vote for him again.” Simply because what he did the first time around, pre-COVID, was so good for the county.
He returned on Sunday, when Bowers told ABC’s This Week that “my vote will never tarnish his name on a ballot.”
“I will never vote for him,” Bowers said.
“But I won’t have to because I think America is tired, and there are people who are qualified, morally defensible and upright, absolutely powerful and that’s what I want.”
Bowers also revealed that members of his own party called him a “traitor” for telling the Jan. 6 committee about Trump’s “cheating” attempt.
As for the former president himself, Bowers accused him of being out of touch with ordinary Americans – taking direct aim at Trump’s populist persona.
It comes after Bowers spoke to ABC News on Saturday where he revealed he would never vote for Trump again.
“I’ve sometimes thought of someone born the way they were and raised the way they were, they have no idea what a tough life is and what people have to go through in the real world,” said Bowers.
“He has no idea what courage is.”
Bowers also denounced Republicans who back Trump’s claims as “demagogues” who “rule through brutality and intimidation.”
Trump is backing a challenger against Bowers’ latest campaign bid in an effort to derail the state official’s political career.
Arizona’s term-limited Speaker of the House is running for a seat in the state Senate, where he faces former state senator David Farnsworth.
Their main race is set for Tuesday, August 2.
Meanwhile, another Trump-backed candidate, former local news anchor Kari Lake, will be vying against Republican-backed establishment candidate Karrin Taylor Robson in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary.