Incumbent Republican Rep. Fred Upton: Trump will be ‘hard to stop’ in 2024

Representative Fred Upton, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump in 2021, said the former president would be “hard to stop” in the 2024 election.

The Michigan Republican, who chose to retire from Congress rather than run for office in November, said he believes Mr Trump will run in 2024 and should receive plenty of support from party loyalists despite the January 6 select committee hearings.

“Voters still love him, we’ve definitely seen him in Michigan,” Upton told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He’s had a number of decisive victories where he’s backed candidates they’ve won. He’s had a few losses as well, but he’s certainly entertaining the majority of the Republican base and will be hard to stop.

President Biden has not helped himself in his handling of the economy, he said.

“Frankly, as we look at the economy, we look at gas prices, all these different things, people aren’t really happy with the Biden administration, that’s why he’s mired at an even lower level to where Donald Trump was at this point in his tenure,” Mr. Upton said.

He said he thought the Jan. 6 select committee hearings had an impact, but he doubts Trump voters will be deterred by the damning picture presented of Mr. Trump’s actions before and during the riot. US Capitol.

Why not? “It was a close election,” Mr. Upton said. “It was a close election in 2016, it was certainly a close election in 2020 as well, and you have the grassroots voters who are really upset that things didn’t go the way they should, and they’re also loyal as possible. ”

The next select committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Mr Upton said he wished those giving evidence at the hearing had been more candid immediately after the riots.

“The regrets that I see is that some of the people they spoke to who are now, their answers are made public: where have they been for a year and a half?” asked Mr. Upton. “Why weren’t they saying what they say now a year and a half ago, especially to those who witnessed what was really happening, to give us a little support?”

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