2024 hopeful Asa Hutchinson blames Trump — and not his dire poll numbers and eroding support — for mercilessly boycotting youth GOP events.
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was provoked Sunday at the Turning Point Action Conference in West Palm Beach by the 2024 GOP hopeful, former President Donald Trump. slogan, calling those groups of his party ‘minorities’
Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson fired and chanted ‘Trump!’ chanted at Sunday’s Turning Point Action Conference, the former president’s supporters represent only a ‘minority’ of his party.
Hutchinson, who polls about 1 percent nationally, said he’s already had a “breakout moment,” where he’s the first among 2024 GOP hopefuls to criticize Trump.
During an interview Monday night on The Hill’s News Nation program, anchor Leland Wittert asked the presidential hopeful how it felt to be rejected by the crowd in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Hutchinson said the response “reflects Trump’s stranglehold on a certain element of the party.”
‘But what you saw in that audience were thousands of young people I was talking to and they were listening,’ he argued. ‘The boos you hear are really coming from some general admission tickets or adults who are there.’
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson with boos and ‘Trump!’ He chanted during an appearance at the Turning Point Action Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. He argued Monday that the pro-Trump crowd represents only a “minority” of the Republican Party
‘So, again, it’s the minority,’ he said.
Trump has the support of 53.7 percent of the party nationally, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average — and won the convention’s straw poll with 85.7 percent support.
Hutchinson argued that his policy-heavy message resonated with the crowd.
‘So I gave that message, and it’s important for me to be there and I love the young people and their engagement and we have a good time mingling with them after the event,’ the former governor said.
Hutchinson argued that he still had a chance of winning his party’s nomination because ‘this is the most unpredictable political environment in my life.’
‘You’ve got a president who’s under investigation – President Biden – you’ve got former President Trump who’s under impeachment, you’ve got a former vice president running against a former president on the same ticket and you’ve got 12 candidates and you’ve got a lot of external factors, ‘ said Hutchinson.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Robert Hurr to look into whether Biden mishandled classified documents after some were found in his former office and at his Wilmington home.
Coming into the Turning Point Action Conference on Sunday, Hutchinson was blown away
Trump has been indicted on both state and federal charges in two separate cases.
On Tuesday, the former president announced that special counsel Jack Smith had informed him that he was the target of a Jan. 6 grand jury investigation — which would mark his third indictment since late March.
Hutchinson welcomed the news by calling for Trump to drop out of the race.
“Anyone who truly loves this country and is willing to put the country on themselves should immediately suspend their campaign for President of the United States,” Hutchinson said. ‘It’s disappointing that Donald Trump refuses to do that.’
Hutchinson also told Vitert that he’s focused on the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire — and that he’s already qualified on the ballot and is working to raise the number of donors needed to set the stage for the August GOP debate.
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