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Trump Slams GOP Candidate Will Hurd for Claiming He's Running to 'Stay Out of Prison'

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Former President Donald Trump lashed out at former Rep. Will Hurd of Texas after Hurd told Iowans on Friday that Trump is only running for president to stay out of prison.

Hurd, who is running a longshot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, made the claim during Friday’s Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, where 13 Republican candidates for president spoke.

“In Iowa last night I noticed that a little known, failed former Congressman, Will Hurd, is ridiculously running for President. He quit Congress because it would have been impossible for him to win in his district – he did a really bad job,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform on Saturday.

“Anyway, he got SERIOUSLY booed off the stage when he said I was running ‘to stay out of jail.’ Wrong, if I wasn’t running, or running and doing badly (like him & Christie!), with no chance to win, these prosecutions would never have been brought or happened!” Trump wrote.

Hurd, who said in 2019 he would not seek another term in Congress, was not repentant, declaring in a social media post on Saturday that GOP presidential contenders need to challenge Trump.

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He was even more pointed on Friday.

“Donald Trump is not running for president to make America great again. Donald Trump is not running for president to represent the people that voted for him in 2016 and 2020,” Hurd said at the Lincoln Dinner, according to the Des Moines Register.

“Donald Trump is running to stay out of prison,” he said, with boos emerging from the crowd.

“I know, I know, I know, I know,” he said next after more booing. Hurd was first elected to Congress in 2014, according to Ballotpedia.

“Listen, I know the truth — the truth is hard. But if we [nominate] Donald Trump, we are willingly giving Joe Biden four more years in the White House, and America can’t handle that,” Hurd said.

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During Trump’s Iowa presentation, he said the indictments against him were all politics, according to Politico.

“If I weren’t running, I would have nobody coming after me,” Trump said. “Or if I was losing by a lot, I would have nobody coming after me.”

Trump was also jabbed in Iowa by former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

“You will be voting in Iowa, while multiple criminal cases are pending against Donald Trump. Iowa has an opportunity to say: ‘We, as a party, we need a new direction for America and for the GOP,’” Hutchinson said Friday night, according to Politico.

Trump responded on his Truth Social platform.

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“Don’t weak people like ‘Aida’ Hutchinson (Any relationship to one Cassidy Hutchinson, who actually stated that I became very physical with two tough, strong, Secret Service Agents, in getting them to turn around the ‘Beast’ on January 6th?) know or understand that the Prosecution of Donald Trump is an Election Interference Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia, or the Fake Dossier, and that he is playing right into Marxists hands, when I am leading the R’s by 50 Points and leading Biden BIG!” Trump wrote.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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