President rips ‘anti-Trump hero’ Larry Hogan who bashed him on CNN, said America resembled ‘banana republic’
It’s unlikely that President Donald Trump and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will gather together around the Thanksgiving table given the feud that has emerged between the two elected officials.
Trump took to Twitter to blast Hogan as a RINO (Republican in Name Only) following the governor’s interview on CNN where he called upon the president to concede the election to Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
He called out Hogan for reportedly wasting almost $10 million to import about 500,000 COVID test kits from South Korea that turned out to flawed and wound up not even being used. Hogan and his team also allegedly failed to disclose the failed expenditure.
“Report: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anti-Trump Hero, Paid for Flawed Coronavirus Tests from South Korea…This RINO will never make the grade. Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for,” the president wrote on the social media platform.
Report: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Anti-Trump Hero, Paid for Flawed Coronavirus Tests from South Korea https://t.co/PHV7euutVb via @BreitbartNews. This RINO will never make the grade. Hogan is just as bad as the flawed tests he paid big money for!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2020
It’s a given that the corporate media will enthusiastically give face time to anti-Trump Republicans. Hogan, in particular, has regularly leveled criticism at the president and did not endorse him in 2016.
During the aforementioned appearance on CNN, Hogan lamented that not enough Republicans are following the lead of fellow RINO Mitt Romney are standing up to a “vindictive” Trump to demand that the president drop his election challenges and initiate a transition to a purported Biden administration.
“Quite frankly, we used to go supervise elections around the world and we were the most respected country with respect to elections. Now we are beginning to look like we are a banana republic. Now it’s time for them to stop the nonsense. It gets more bizarre every single day and, frankly, I’m embarrassed that more people in the party aren’t speaking up.”
MD Gov. Larry Hogan: "It's time for them to stop the nonsense — it just gets more bizarre for them every single day and frankly I'm embarrassed that more people in the Party aren't speaking up." pic.twitter.com/bKAMtZuSdV
— The Hill (@thehill) November 22, 2020
The governor responded on Twitter to shift the blame for the wasted test kit expenditure to the Trump administration for allegedly forcing states to fend for themselves in the pandemic.
While there has been a lot of Monday-morning quarterbacking, and officials at the federal, state, and local levels made mistakes, the POTUS mobilized an unprecedented public sector-private sector partnership — including a rapid vaccine development program — to respond to the pandemic amidst much conflicting information from public health officials.
“Stop golfing and concede,” Hogan — who briefly considered challenging Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries — added.
If you had done your job, America's governors wouldn't have been forced to fend for themselves to find tests in the middle of a pandemic, as we successfully did in Maryland.
Stop golfing and concede. https://t.co/tCXO8etxge
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 22, 2020
In the 2020 election, Larry Hogan claims he submitted a write-in vote for the late ex-President Ronald Reagan. Presiding over a deep blue state, Hogan probably thinks he’s doing what he has to do politically, and it seems to have paid off. In 2018, Hogan, who is a cancer survivor, became the first Republican governor to be reelected in Maryland in nearly 70 years, and only the second one in the state’s entire history.
President Trump is no stranger to rhetorically battling with members of both the GOP and Democrat establishments as he sought to implement an America First agenda.