GOP governor says Trump's 'influence is diminishing' in the Republican party

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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - JUNE 09: Governor Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference at Maryland State House on June 09, 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland. According to reports, three people were killed and four wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Columbia Machine manufacturing facility on June 9th in Smithsburg, Maryland. The suspect was later captured after a shootout with state troopers approximately 5 miles from the manufacturing facility. (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
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  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday said that Trump's influence on the Republican party is "diminishing."

  • "It hasn't happened rapidly, but it has diminished dramatically," Hogan said.

  • Hogan pointed to several Republican non-Trump-endorsed candidates that have won their primaries.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump's influence on the Republican party has "diminished dramatically."

"I've been talking about this for years now, and I felt like I was on a lifeboat all by myself. But now we need a bigger boat because more and more people are speaking out every day," Hogan n NBC's "Meet the Press." "I said Trump's influence on the party was going to diminish over time. It hasn't happened rapidly, but it has diminished dramatically."

 

Hogan pointed to several non-Trump-endorsed candidates that have won their primaries as an "example" of Trump's influence fading.

"There were five different governors where Trump was attacking them. All of them won," said Hogan, who sits on the Republican Governors Association executive committee.

"I went down and did events for Brian Kemp, a couple of my staffers are down working at his campaign. Brian Kemp won by 52 points," he added. Kemp won Georgia's GOP governor primary against Trump-endorsed David Perdue in May. Trump's "Save America" PAC later baselessly claimed Kemp won because of fraud, despite his clear, 52-point victory.

"Nobodys been standing up more to Donald Trump than me," Hogan told Todd. "I'm going all around the country helping people that Trump is attacking, and we're winning most of them."

Last week, Kurt Bardellam, a former GOP House aide, said that Trump will likely announce his 2024 presidential run soon.

"I'm hopeful that Donald Trump won't be running and won't be the nominee if he does run," Hogan said.

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