Arizona GOP Reprimands Jan. 6 Witness Rusty Bowers – Newsicon 🇩🇪

The Arizona Republican Party on Wednesday rebuked Rusty Bowers, the state House Speaker, who pushed back on President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s election results and served as a Jan. 6 committee witness.

The Arizona GOP issued a press release calling on Bowers, among other things, to support a $1 billion education bill and sponsor laws that make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class. Their statement didn’t directly mention the Republican’s collaboration with the US House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, but claimed he had “generally disrespected” the party’s leaders.

“Rusty has failed in its specific actions, including co-sponsoring Democrat-led bills and refusing to cooperate with the most conservative Legislature in 10 years during what is arguably the most critical session in Arizona history,” the statement said.

“Furthermore, he has continued to show general disregard for the leadership of the Republican Party at the county, legislature, county, state and federal levels,” the press release continued.

Bowers testified publicly before the committee last month, describing the intense pressure he was under from Trump to invalidate President Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona in the 2020 election.

Bowers said he received a call from Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after the state’s November 2020 election results were registered but not certified, according to The Arizona Republic, to brief him on a law of the state that lawmakers said which the state could choose voters.

Bowers told the Jan. 6 panel he saw no evidence of Trump’s voter fraud allegations.

“There was no – no evidence of any strength… anything that would say to me, ‘You have doubts. Deny your oath.” I won’t do that,” Bowers said.

The Arizona House spokesman also told the committee that his decision to oppose Trump took a personal toll, as both he and his family received death threats and protesters outside his home disrupted his chronically ill daughter.

Despite his emotional statement on Jan. 6, Bowers told The Associated Press a few hours later that he would still support Trump if he were the party’s nominee.

“If he was the nominee, if he were running against Biden, I would vote for him again,” Bowers said. “Simply because what he did the first time before COVID was so good for the county. From my point of view it was great.”

Bowers has since tried to retract that statement, telling Insiders he hopes the party will come up with a “good candidate” for president in 2024.

“Any suggestion that I have any towering, powerful support for Mr. Trump would be just plain wrong,” Bowers told Insider. “I’m looking for a good candidate. And I hope we can definitely provide one, otherwise it will be difficult.”

He also accused Trump of acting “tyrannically”.

The Arizona GOP previously rebuked other Republicans who criticized Trump, including former Senator Jeff Flake, Gov. Doug Ducey and Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain.

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