Hutchinson said in January that he was wanted the Trump administration to endbut stopped calling for the former president to resign. He also called a second series of impeachment proceedings “impracticable”.
The governor’s nephew, an Arkansas state senator, has since announced this He is leaving the Republican Party because of the direction the GOP has taken.
Hutchinson called on the GOP to turn away from Trump’s perspective and develop “a different voice for the future of our party”.
“He will only define our party if we let him define our party,” said Hutchinson on Sunday. “I think it’s okay for CPAC to invite ex-President Trump to speak, but what about the other voices? Senator [Bill] Cassidy from Louisiana who have different points of view. “
“We have to hug that,” he continued. Trump “has a loud megaphone, but we have to have many different voices and in my opinion we cannot let him define us for the future because it would only further divide our country and hurt our Republican Party.”
Former Texas MP Will Hurd, a Republican who retired in late 2020, reiterated Hutchinson’s views on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“This is a president who lost the House, the Senate and the White House in four years,” said Hurd. “I think the last person to do that was Herbert Hoover and that was during the Great Depression. And you know, if you look at the 2020 election, the number of Republicans who have succeeded has clearly exceeded President Trump. “