Bowers gave emotional testimony to the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.
The Republican lawmaker has described the harassment he was instigated by Trump’s election lies.
But Bowers said he would vote for Trump again if the former president is reelected in 2024.
Russell “Rusty” Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, gave emotional testimony to the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday, detailing the harassment he endured when President Donald Trump pressured him to reveal the election results of 2020 in the state to undo.
But despite being under that pressure and collaborating with a committee investigating the former president’s actions surrounding the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Bowers says he would vote for Trump again if he stands for re-election in 2024. stilt.
“If he’s the nominee, if he’s up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers said told the Associated Press this week† “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the province. In my view, it was great.”
Bowers’ declaration of tentative support for Trump — as well as acknowledging that he could once again be faced with a choice between himself and President Joe Biden — underscores both his identity as a conservative Republican and the nature of America’s two-party system.
Recently, South Carolina Republican Representative Tom Rice — who lost his primary to a Trump-backed primary challenger after voting to impeach Trump and compare the former president to a dictator — said he could vote for Trump again if he apologized for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Following the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, sought to pressure Bowers to reconvene the legislature to “remember” the state’s electoral votes after Biden declared the winner.
Bowers spoke at length on Tuesday about the effects of that pressure campaign. “We received…more than 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of voicemails and text messages, which saturated our offices,” he said.
He continued with harassment at his home by Trump supporters and others who believed the election had been stolen.
“It’s the new pattern, or pattern, in our lives to worry about what’s going to happen on Saturday,” Bowers said. “Because different groups have come along and they’ve had video panel trucks with videos of me calling me a pedophile and a pervert and a corrupt politician.”
“There was a gentleman who had the three bars on his chest and he had a gun and threatened my neighbor,” Bowers said, apparently referring to the insignia worn by members of far-right “Three Percenter” militias†
He also spoke about the impact of the bullying outside his home on his daughter, who… ill at the time with a terminal illness and died on February 1, 2021†
“We had a daughter who was seriously ill and upset about what was happening outside,” Bowers said. ‘And my wife… is a brave person. Very strong, calm, very strong woman.’
“So it was disturbing, it’s disturbing,” he added.
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