The Maryland governor is setting up to possibly run against President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, and in the process, he’s distancing himself from relating his principles within the Republican Party to Trump’s.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) took a few jabs at the sitting president and said he is wary of the way Trump is “not standing by or standing up for some of our allies.”
“For a guy who wrote a book ‘The Art of the Deal,’ he’s just not making good deals,” Hogan said. “Sometimes, he’s his own worst enemy, and there is a better way to accomplish things.”
Hogan, who is considering a possible 2020 bid against Trump and is currently governor in a liberal-leaning state, considers himself to be “a lifelong conservative who has adapted to the left-leaning politics of his state without embracing them,” the Post reported.
“I’m for a bigger tent, for coming up with ideas and solutions that can reach a wider audience,” Hogan said.
“I appeal to Republicans because my message is: I haven’t abandoned my principles,” he said. “I’ve just said let’s deal in the art of the possible.”
During the interview, Hogan also said he wants to “get to the truth” and quoted his father, late former congressman Lawrence Hogan Sr., who said: “‘No man is above the law, not even the president of the United States.'”
It’s uncertain whether Hogan will run, but he’s holding onto the possibility and says he may not decide until the fall, following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, to see if Republicans are ready for a replacement candidate.
“Of course you couldn’t win a Republican primary challenge today,” Hogan said. “But I also have been around long enough to know that things can change very rapidly.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel recently blasted the idea of Hogan or another candidate who’s thinking to run against Trump in a primary, saying they’d “lose horribly” but “go ahead; waste your money, waste your time, and go ahead and lose.”