Republican Governor Bashes Trump

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Is this getting out of hand?

On Sunday (July 10), during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) revealed conservatives were slowly pushing back against former President Donald Trump, although he asserted it was “taking longer than it should.”

Speaking to the show’s moderator Chuck Todd, the Maryland Governor stated that Trump’s “influence is diminishing,” adding that Republican leaders will slowly start distancing themselves from the former President.

Hogan, who has long been critical of Trump, now believes he will not be one of the line dissenters.

Hogan expressed that after talking about Trump for years, “I felt like I was on a lifeboat all by myself,” he added, “But now we need a bigger boat because more and more people are speaking out every day.”

The Maryland Republican then noted that he was one of the first to say Trump’s “influence on the party was going to diminish over time” but added that despite it not happening, “rapidly… it has diminished dramatically.”

Hogan’s statements ring true, as many within the GOP are beginning to push back against his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.

The Maryland Governor’s comments come as the Jan. 6 Select Committee conducts a series of public hearings that have shone a spotlight on Trump’s actions.

The hearings are the panel’s efforts to show Trump knew he had lost the 2020 Presidential election but chose to spread false claims about fraud, instigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

Hogan also substantiated his statements by pointing to the Republican Primary victories of Trump’s adversaries like Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace.