August 1, 2022

Former House Speaker of Arizona Rusty Bowers told ABC News that he wouldn't vote for Trump again, because MAGA uses fear and thuggery to rule.

Bowers was ostracized by the Republican leadership in Arizona because of his testimony to the January 6 committee.

During his testimony, he explained how Trump tried to force his state to discount their 2020 election votes and declare him the winner.

Bowers, who took a principled stand against Trump's efforts to overthrow the January 6 election illegally, famously came out after his testimony and said he would still vote for Trump.

But now he's seen the light. It might have something to do with his longtime Republican colleagues tossing him into the scrap heap in favor of a narcissistic jackass who should be in jail as I write this.

Recently, Trump campaigned in Arizona and called this lifelong Republican a "RINO" and a "traitor."

"It’s surreal," Bowers replied.

Guest host Jonathan Karl asked Bowers to explain it all.

"They rule by thuggery and intimidation," Bowers said. "So, you know, they found a niche, they found a way, and it's fear, and people can use fear, demagogues like to use fear as a weapon, and they weaponize everything, and we all know it. But that’s not leadership to me, to use thuggery.”

Fear, lies, thuggery, and now violence is all that is left for Trump and his remnants.

The GOP has morphed into a cult. If you don't praise and glorify the current leader, you are no longer a Republican. There are no true principles at work, only demagoguery.

That's the description of despotic leadership in a wingnut evangelical, fascist party.

"I will never vote for him."

It took a while, but he got there.

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