After publicly testifying against former President Donald Trump in the House selection committee’s investigation of January 6, 2021, the Capitol attack, said he would nevertheless vote for Trump again if he became the 2024 nominee.
“If he’s the nominee, if he’s up against Biden, I’d vote for him again,” Bowers told the Associated Press in June. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was so good for the province.”
“I will never vote for him, but I won’t have to,” Bowers said. “Because I think America is tired and there are absolutely powerful, qualified, morally defensible and sincere people out there, and that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party and that’s what I want to see.”
In Bowers said Trump and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, called him shortly after the 2020 election and jointly urged him to reverse the results in the Arizona state legislature by the then president’s voters -elect Joe Biden to remove and replace with loyal voters to Trump.
Trump and Giuliani have relentlessly pushed baseless and debunked claims of voter fraud, and Bowers told the Jan. 6 commission that no one has ever provided him with substantial evidence to support those claims.
“I don’t want to be a winner by cheating,” Bowers said during his testimony.
The Arizona Republican has faced backlash from Trump loyalists since his appearance before the committee. Trump called Bowers a “coward” and backed his challenger. Bowers said members of his own party have called him a “traitor.”
“People would come up to me and say, you know, just cold turkey, ‘I’m ashamed of you,'” he said on Sunday.
But Bowers has no regrets for resisting Trump’s plan to undermine voters’ will and put forward false voter lists.
“If we want to establish a party and an authority and move people to solve problems, you can’t base that on a lie,” he said. “Eventually that falls apart.”
In response to Trump’s attacks on him, Bowers called the former president a “demagogue” who holds his base through “crime and intimidation”.
“I’ve sometimes thought that a person was born the way he was, raised the way he was — he has no idea what a hard life is,” Bowers said. “And what people have to go through in real life – in the real world. He has no idea what courage is.”