Retiring Rep. Fred Upton, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 incidents at the Capitol, Sunday insisted there is “real interest” in what is happening with the House Select Committee hearing and that it is having an impact on the nation’s voters, but still, Trump will be “hard to stop” if he seeks election in 2024.
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“I think the overriding issue certainly is the economy and gas prices, but I think there’s been a real interest in what’s going on,” the Michigan Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “You’ve got, obviously, your different factions that are not going to turn it on and watch. They made their decision some time ago.”
But still, Upton said he has believed from the beginning that Trump will be a candidate in 2024, and voters “still like him a lot.”
“He’s had a number of decisive wins where he’s endorsed candidates that they’ve won,” said Upton. “He’s had a few losses as well. He certainly entertains a majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop. Frankly, as we look at the economy, we look at gas prices, all these different things, folks are not happy with the Biden administration, which is why he is metered at a level even below where Donald Trump was at this point in his tenure.”
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He added that the committee is being careful not to divulge details before the hearings, but he finds it regretful that some of the witnesses’ answers are only now being made public.
“Where have they been for the last year-and-a-half?” said Upton. “Why [weren’t] they saying what they’re saying now a year-and-a-half ago, particularly to those of us that witnessed what was going on, to back us up a little bit?”
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Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., who also voted to impeach Trump, lost his primary bid this past week, meaning that of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach, half will not return, with the rest facing tough election battles in 2023, noted CNN host Dana Bash.
But Upton said he does think there will still be lawmakers left in the House GOP conference who will stand up to Trump. Continue reading at Newsmax.