Arizona’s Rusty Bowers would vote for Trump again after Jan. 6 testimony

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Arizona's Rusty Bowers would vote for Trump again after Jan. 6 testimony

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who told the House select committee how he rebuffed calls from President Donald Trump and his allies to decertify the 2020 election results, said he would still vote for Trump if he ran against President Biden. ​

“If he is the nominee, if he was up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers ​told the Associated Press. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the county. In my view, it was great.”

The wire service interviewed Bowers after he arrived in Washington on Monday in preparation for his appearance before the House panel investigating Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to decertify the Electoral College vote for Biden. ​

GOP Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers previously admitted Trump protesters threatened his neighbors and family members.
GOP Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers previously admitted Trump protesters threatened his neighbors and family members.
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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Secretary of State Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling testified to the House select committee on June 21, 2022.
Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Secretary of State chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling testified to the House select committee on June 21, 2022.
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Rep. Liz Cheney and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers are among the Republicans who have criticized former President Donald Trump.
Bowers gave emotional emotional testimony during the hearing on June 21.
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Rep. Liz Cheney and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers were honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Awards in Boston, Massachusetts on May 22, 2022.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Rep. Liz Cheney and Bowers were honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage awards in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 22, 2022.
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Bowers, who received a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award this year for refusing to knuckle under to Trump’s demands, ​gave dramatic and at times emotionally searing testimony at Tuesday’s hearing, especially when describing what he and his family had to endure for defying the 45th president’s wishes. 

​”At home, up until even recently, it is the new pattern, or a pattern in our lives to worry what will happen on Saturdays because we have various groups come by, and they have had video, panel trucks with video of me, proclaiming me of being a pedophile, a corrupt politician, and blaring loudspeakers in my neighborhood, and leaving literature both on my property, arguing and threatening with neighbors and with myself​,” he told lawmakers.

“It was disturbing, just disturbing,”​ Bowers added.

Rusty Bowers, Arizona state House Speaker, testifies as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
Bowers admitted he would vote for Donald Trump again if he were to run in 2024.
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Former President Donald Trump is seen on a phone call on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021.
President Donald Trump on a phone call on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate during a rally on, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
The House has been investigating the events of Jan. 6, 2021.
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He said that as the protests continued near his home, “we had a daughter who was gravely ill, who was upset by what was happening outside.”

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