The Republican National Committee was slammed by a GOP Governor on Thursday for rigging the 2020 presidential nomination.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who was re-elected despite the 2018 Democratic wave, slammed RNC moves intended to protect President Donald Trump.
“Typically they try to be fair arbiters of a process and I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been involved in the Republican Party for most of my life,” Hogan told Politico. “It’s unprecedented.”
“And in my opinion it’s not the way we should be going about our politics,” he said.
“It’s very undemocratic and to say, ‘We’re in some cases not going to allow a debate, we may not have a primary…'” he explained.
The RNC passed a resolution promising “undivided support” for Trump at their winter meeting.
“And the question is, what are they afraid of?” he wondered. “Because on the one hand you look at polls, 70 percent of Republicans support the president in a primary.”
“Why are they so concerned?” he asked. “Why the puffing out the chest?”
“Maybe they’re concerned that they will drop in the polls and that they could be at some point down the road be subject to a threat in a primary,” he speculated.
Hogan is considering a primary challenge to Trump and is traveling to Iowa next month.
“I’d say it’s been something of a feeding frenzy,” Hogan said, of GOP donors’ and elected officials’ interest in his potential bid.
“At this point in time, I don’t see any path to winning a Republican primary against this president, or anybody doing it. But things have a way of changing,” Hogan added. “I don’t know what the lay of the land is going to look like this summer, or in the fall.”