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Former Arkansas governor and 2024 GOP presidential contender Asa Hutchinson was humiliated and drowned out by raucous boos during a Saturday event after he predicted that his rival, former President Donald Trump, would be found guilty of charges filed against him.
Hutchison, who is polling at the bottom of nearly all GOP presidential surveys, was booed for nearly a minute during a speech in Florida on Saturday when he predicted that Trump would eventually be found guilty in at least one of the cases against him.
During his speech, Hutchison explained that he remains focused on winning Florida because its primary comes later in the season, and Republicans there will be “in a better position to decide on the candidates” and will have “more information and perhaps more clarity in all that is going on in the chaos of Trump world.”
“Next March … we will witness our justice system at work and on trial in federal and state courtrooms,” Hutchinson said.
“As someone who’s been in the courtroom for over 25 years as a federal prosecutor and also in defending some of the most serious federal criminal cases, I can say that there is a significant likelihood that Donald Trump will be found guilty by a jury on a felony offense next year,” he said, following by a storm of boos.
Asa Hutchinson loudly booed at the Florida Freedom Summit for telling the crowd that “there is a significant likelihood that Donald Trump will be found guilty by a jury on a felony offense next year.” pic.twitter.com/bdTZgJjLZc
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The former governor and congressman continued trying to talk over the boos.
“That may or may not happen before you vote in March, and it might not make any difference to you, but it will make a difference for our chances to attract independent voters in November. It will make a difference for those down-ticket races for Congress and Senate, and it will weaken the GOP for decades to come,” he said.
Just as it appeared the boos would subside, Hutchison said something else that whipped the crowd into another frenzy.
“As a party, we must support the rule of law. We cannot win as a country without integrity in the White House, and while some will ignore the destructive behavior of the former president, I assure you we ignore it at our own peril,” he said.
Fellow GOP contender and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also received a lot of boos when he said Trump’s “pettiness is beneath the process of electing a president.”
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— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 4, 2023
While it appears as though the country is heading for another Trump-Joe Biden rematch, at least one notable figure doesn’t think it’ll happen: Tucker Carlson.
The former Fox News star Tucker Carlson told an audience last month that he wasn’t trying to be mean when he called Biden “senile” but said that’s “just true.” He continued by saying that Biden is losing support to Trump in the polls while Trump is facing 90 or more charges from four different indictments.
“Take the opponent out of the race, and they’re still losing,” he noted. “So, I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is not going to be a race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. I would bet my beloved fishing camp in Maine that that is not going to happen. That’s not going to happen.”
“So what will happen?” he asked. “Well, I don’t know. One of, like, 400 distinct other possibilities… pick one.”
But one of the possibilities is particularly worrisome to Carlson.
“If it’s Gavin Newsom,” he stated, “we should be very, very concerned. That guy’s scary, and I mean it. I mean it. Scary. But that’s a whole separate conversation.”
“These issues will be forced,” he said. “Soon. Like, in a year. And the road from here to November 2024 is going to be filled with developments nobody in this room could foresee; I can promise you that. So, it’s about to get very serious, for sure. Only the leadership of the world is at stake, which is also, by the way, we now know, the most lucrative possible franchise in human history.”
At that, Carlson asked the audience to let their imaginations “run wild” for a moment.
“What wouldn’t they do?” he asked. “What haven’t they done? What might they do next? How will you prepare yourself for that? Take this seriously. As much as you want to retreat and pretend ‘everything is fine, sit down,’ it’s not fine, okay?”