GOP Governor Insults Trump

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( – Utah’s freshman GOP Governor Spencer Cox called upon the Republican Party to “turn the page” and move on from the leading candidate for the 2024 presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump.

Cox, who was Utah’s lieutenant governor for eight years before getting elected governor in November, argued the Republicans should nominate for president a candidate “who can win,”

He has been one of several high-profile GOP politicians doubting that Trump is electable even though the former president has a massive double-digit lead on his closest rival, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, The Washington Times points out in a report.

“I’m really hopeful that we can turn the page and try something else, someone who can win, which I think is important,” Cox said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

Six current or former Republican governors are running for the 2024 presidential nomination. Besides DeSantis, the rest are North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Host Margaret Brennan asked Cox whether any of them could beat Trump in the primaries.

“I hope so. I like governors. I think governors are great and have real experience. The great thing about governors is we have to get stuff done, right? We can’t just do the performance thing… Potholes aren’t partisan. You have to do those kind of things,” Utah’s governor said.

“And I think we have lots of amazing choices, and I’m really hopeful that we can turn the page and try something else. Someone who can win, which I think is important, and I think any of those governors could win and I certainly hope we’ll give them a chance,” he argued.

Cox was asked why he vetoed a state bill to ban transgender individuals from women’s sports. His veto was overridden, and the bill became law anyway.

The Utah governor said he agreed with the law but wanted more “compassion” and less “toxicity” in it, which was achieved with some post-veto amendments.

“We actually did change the law. And so, so we’re trying to be a little more compassionate on that side,” Cox declared.