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Asa Hutchinson in 2019 (US Marshals photo)

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Anti-Trump Trans Teen Advocate Asa Hutchinson Launches GOP Presidential Bid

Hutchinson demanded Trump step down from the 2024 race over his New York indictment.

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Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who vetoed a ban on trans surgeries for children, is launching a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Speaking to ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Hutchinson, who was succeeded in his role by former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in January, confirmed that he would be running for president in 2024, throwing his hat into the ring in an increasingly crowded field.

“I’ve travelled the country for six months, I hear people talk about the leadership of our country, and I’m convinced that people want leaders that appeal to the best of America, and not simply appeal to our worst instincts,” Hutchinson said, adding that an official announcement would take place in Arkansas sometime later this month.

The presidential bid from Hutchinson was not well received by many conservatives online, pointing to his record in his former elected offices of governor and representative in the House, including being weak on China, and his 2021 veto of a law designed to protect children.

HB1570 aimed to prevent underage children from receiving life-change hormone treatment and “gender reassignment surgery,” but Hutchinson vetoed it because it would’ve created “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.”

He slammed the bill as nothing but a product of a “culture war,” and that it was a “vast overreach.” The veto was overridden by the Republican majority, but the legislation was later blocked by judges.

On Friday, Hutchinson told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that following his indictment by the Soros-funded Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, that 45th President Donald Trump should drop out of the 2024 race, claiming his case was a “big distraction.”

“First of all, the office is more important than any individual person. And so for the sake of the office of the presidency, I do think that’s too much of a sideshow and distraction,” Hutchinson reiterated to Karl on Sunday.

“I’ve always said that people don’t have to step aside from public office if they’re under investigation, but if it reaches the point of criminal charges that have to be answered, the office is always more important than a person,” he added.

When asked whether he trusted the process in New York, Hutchinson claimed that it was “important” that the grand jury supposedly found “probable cause,” and that conservatives shouldn’t “erode confidence in our entire criminal justice system” by questioning what many see as political persecution.

“There are a lot of Republicans attacking that judicial system and that legal system right now,” Karl said. “And I’m different,” Hutchinson answered. He noted that when combining the investigation into Trump in New York, with the case in Georgia over alleged election interference, and the investigation into classified document mishandling, Americans should give “pause.”

Karl asked Hutchinson directly whether he would support Trump if he were the eventual Republican nominee, to which he replied that he didn’t believe Trump “should be the next leader of our country.”

Jenna Ellis, the former Trump attorney, said that Hutchinson’s comments were the “most idiotic… from any so-called Republican so far” on the indictment. “That would only encourage MORE politically-motivated prosecutions of political opponents. Let the voters decide,” she added.

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    snipsnap

    April 3, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Asa just wants to lose and leave with unspent campaign contributions.

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      Timothy

      April 4, 2023 at 10:03 am

      after the communist, half breed from Kenya won, TWICE, any fool can be president of the Divided Socialist STATE of Amerika (DSSA) aim higher

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        Ima Enyurphase

        April 4, 2023 at 4:57 pm

        He didn’t win twice. First time luck (and being black), second time ballot stuffing. But your right about a fool becoming President, look who’s in now (81 million votes , my A$$).

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      Terri

      April 4, 2023 at 12:49 pm

      He’s a disgusting disgrace!! He NEEDS to LEAVE the Republican party!! He’s Nothing but a Nothing RINO!!

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      carol

      April 4, 2023 at 6:58 pm

      guess the trannies will vote for him because no sane person will!

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    Steven

    April 3, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Probably the biggest question is if he can win the primary in Arkansas as a favorite son candidate.

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    Old wolf

    April 3, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    all these clowns come out and say their running for president. they best take a good look at trumps numbers thanks to the dumb azz democrats for trying to arrest a x president on made up charges so they can fix the elections. all they did is make Trump more popular, and waste millons on nothing. more are now voting for trump do to the democrat partys corruption. I my self am now voting for Trump because of the democrats corruption and lies. time to take the commie bastards down. thanks for helping me and others make their minds up on who to vote for. dumb azz’s

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    Jesse

    April 3, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    He is wasting his time and Money. Trying to run as a Republican won’t get him anything but beat. Supporting the LIE of Transgender being something TRUE only gets votes for Democraps.

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    Doug Litchfield

    April 4, 2023 at 8:06 am

    He can team up with Inslee to corral at least 6 votes unless Dominion machines are added to the mix. Please enroll soon in ego crushers annonomous.

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    Bud

    April 4, 2023 at 10:37 am

    The guys an ass hole with an ego.

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      Terri

      April 4, 2023 at 12:47 pm

      Agree!!

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    KAREN BRACKEN

    April 4, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Apparently he needs money so he will run a losing campaign against Trump. What a joke.

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    Bluefish123

    April 4, 2023 at 11:37 am

    The asshathutchinson doesn’t stand a change. I haven’t stopped laughing since the inbred announced this week.

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    Jerzy Popieluszko

    April 4, 2023 at 11:54 am

    Judas Hutchinson is a self-serving traitor to his people. It’s high time his ilk were expelled from the Republican Party, preferably with pig snout props affixed to their faces and chains of 30 pieces of silver dangled around their necks. Otherwise, it’s time to form a new party to replace it. Whatever it is, there is no time to lose to organize against the tyranny this venal pig represents and advances.

    Time has gotten far too late for the stupid games this man wants to play. The mere fact that he is concerned that we “uphold” the “integrity” of the “judicial system” is so risible in its impudence that it begs for his own indictment for corruption. No quarter to the despoilers of our families! No mercy for the mutilators of our children! No clemency for the plotters of the downfall of the West! Vindication for our faith, our heritage and our civilization! Justice for our oppressed martyrs!

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    Nicholas

    April 4, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    He should pull a good strong 1% in the primaries. And if the GOP allows abother stage full of candidates Trump is assured of the nomination, especially with corrupt witch hunt Dems helping him.

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    Ron C

    April 4, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    No doubt he can get democrats to vote for him, but the conservatives know he is a fraud RINO!

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    CPO Bill

    April 4, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Tie him down and and trans him with a dull knife!

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    james henry james

    April 4, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Well well! Another Rino exposes himself! WHAT A SURPRISE! And the perverts think they have a chance? Hope he spends plenty as he won’t be winning anything! After promoting being a pervert! He should have run as a Democrat cause that is what he is. Funny how the perverts think they are becoming popular! When they get their civil war we won’t have to guess who the perverts are! And it will be 100% their fault for trying to force their perversion on America as normal! IT IS NOT!!! IT IS JUST PERVERTED!!

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    Roland

    April 4, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    I was going to ask how the Dems let this Brain Damaged person get away, since he fits the bill to be a BrainLess Dem. Then I realized they didn’t let him get away, and that he is a Dem Mole that infiltrated the Republican party.

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    Ima Enyurphase

    April 4, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Kinda like a one legged man at a ass kicking contest.

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    SCPOUSNRetired

    April 4, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    He is just looking for CONTRIBUTIONS which he will get to keep when he is eliminated.

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    bob

    April 4, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    Asswipe , worthless, trans FREAK sniffing RINO Hutchinson is nothing but a knee pad wearing , liberal jism swallowing dick !!! He should have been BOOTED out of the Republican Party a long time ago . Hutchinson is probably the socialist democrats second pick for president . FRUCK Hutchinson !!!

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