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.
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.
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.”