While a dead potted plant would be a better candidate for any office in the land above Donald Trump, any of his potential GOP challengers are only slightly less terrible than he is.
I’m not entirely sure if Nikki “Don’t Call Me Nimarata” Haley is still running, but she’s no longer the only former Republican Governor stepping up to challenge Trump — that is if Trump is still in the race at all after facing the first of many other potential indictments on Tuesday.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had teased a potential 2024 run for a while, but the Republican and staunch Trump critic made it official on Sunday.
“I’m confident that people want leaders that want the best for America, not those who appeal to their worst instincts,” Hutchinson told ABC’s This Week in an interview on Sunday.
Since he’s a Republican not named Trump, people are going to think he might be the Guns Over People party’s Great White Hope, but he’s really not.
Hutchinson signed several abortion restrictions into law, including a ban on the common and formerly legal medical procedure that took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last year.
Hutchinson, however, has said he “regretted” that the measure didn’t include exceptions for rape or incest.
What a swell guy!
Asa-hole also fronts like he’s not a Trumper, going as far as to call Trump “a distraction” and saying he should drop out of the 2024 campaign because of all of his pesky legal problems.
Republican Asa Hutchinson announces he’s running for President. Calls Trump “a great distraction.” (Video: ABC) pic.twitter.com/F8QvD15bGO
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) April 2, 2023
But Hutchinson was all about kissing up to Don the Con in the pre-indictment days, so it’ll be interesting to watch him play the anti-Trump role to gain public support because Democrats always bring our receipts.
Asa Hutchinson is running for president. Reminder: he called Trump “the kind of transparent, straight-talking leader America needs” and implemented a MAGA agenda in Arkansas. Here’s what you need to know about his record: pic.twitter.com/3rnLRuzw8a
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) April 2, 2023
Donald Trump is getting booked on Tuesday and he’s going to sing like a canary and sell out every single one of his co-conspirators, so expect Democrats to essentially turn all of that into 2024 campaign ad gold while more indictments are (golden) showering down.
But have fun doing whatever you think is going to work, Asa. Twitter will always be here to remind you that while you’re not Trump, you’re not really a better option for this country, either.
Asa Hutchinson's son — who I won’t name — was arrested in 2023, 2019, 2018, and 2016…including for simultaneous possession of a controlled substance and a firearm.
Hutchinson, who was totally fine with Republicans viciously smearing Hunter Biden, is now running for President.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 2, 2023
So, Asa Hutchinson just announced he’s running for president in 2024. Let me just remind you that Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that criminalized abortion & rolled back emergency treatment for the LGBTQ community. Don’t start glorifying this man, please.
— Victor Shi (@Victorshi2020) April 2, 2023
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Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.