MD Gov. Larry Hogan: This is the ‘Third Election in a Row That Donald Trump Has Cost Us the Race’

Melanie Arter | November 14, 2022 | 11:23am EST
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Md. Gov. Larry Hogan (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)
Md. Gov. Larry Hogan (Photo by Brian Stukes/Getty Images)

( – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday that former President Donald Trump has cost the GOP an election victory for the third time in a row.

“I have been talking about this for years, and it seemed as if I was the only one talking about it, but, today, there are a whole lot more people talking about it, and the way I would interpret it, look, this was -- this should have been a huge red wave. It should have been one of the biggest red waves we have ever had, because President Biden's approval rating was so low, one of the lowest historically,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“More than 70 percent of people thought the country was going in the wrong direction, and yet we still didn't perform, and I think commonsense conservatives that focused on talking about issues people cared about, like the economy and crime and education,” the governor said.

“They did win, but people who tried to re-litigate the 2020 election and focused on conspiracy theories and talked about things the voters didn't care about, they were almost universally rejected, and I think it's basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race, and it's like three strikes, you're out,” he said.

“Well, do you think that's true? Because we have heard that after one strike and two strikes, to keep your analogy going,” CNN’s Dana Bash asked.

HOGAN: Well, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result, and Donald Trump kept saying, we're going to be winning so much, we will get tired of winning. I'm tired of losing. I mean, that's all he's done.

BASH: So, you don't think that this is just a blip, and that Republicans will return to being -- well, it's kind of still the party of Trump, but embracing the party of Trump? You think this time is different?

HOGAN: You know, if you lose over and over again to what's really not that great of a team, you have got to reassess, is it time to rebuild? And you have to go back and think, how do we have a more hopeful, positive vision? How do we appeal to a broader group of voters? Because we -- in some cases, we fired up the base, but we turned off wide swathes of swing voters. And that's why we didn't perform.

When asked what he thinks will happen if Trump announces a 2024 presidential bid, Hogan said, “Well, there's no question he's still the 800-pound gorilla, and it's still a battle. It's going to continue for the next two years. I would just say that we're two years out from the next election, and we're just trying to -- the dust is settling from this one. I think it'd be a mistake. As I mentioned, Trump's cost us the last three election, and I don't want to see it happen a fourth time.”

Hogan said there’s “no question” that if Trump does announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race, he could cost Republicans the Senate run-off in Georgia between Herschel Walker and Sen. Rafael Warnock.

“No question about that. I mean, that's not as consequential now. We still would like to win Georgia, but we're not going to win back the Senate as a result, and that's Donald Trump's fault,” the governor said.

BASH: I have to ask you about something that he posted on his social media Web site, TRUTH Social. 
He used a racist comment to lash out at another potential 2024 competitor, your fellow Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin. He wrote: "Young Kin, separating his last name, now, that's an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn't it? In Virginia, couldn't have one without me."

Your wife and children are Korean Americans. You have made a point of fighting against Asian American hate as governor. What's your reaction to that?

HOGAN: Well, it was definitely distasteful and inappropriate, not only because I don't think my friend Glenn Youngkin deserves to be attacked like that, but it was also -- I mean, it's Asian hate against a white governor, and making fun of Asians, and he didn't even have his nationalities, right, because Young Kin would be Korean, as opposed to Chinese, but it's just more of the same from Donald Trump - insults and attacks - and that's one of the reasons why the party is in such bad shape.

BASH: Is it racist?

HOGAN: It is racist.

When asked whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would make a good president, Hogan said, “Well, he certainly had a great night the other night in Florida. It was a big win for Ron DeSantis. Florida is becoming more and more red as a result of -- I think there are 600,000 new Republicans in Florida, because they're -- it's kind of flight out of blue states into Florida. 

“It was a -- he did a great job picking up Hispanic voters in Miami and South Florida, which is kind of what we did in our last race. We won Hispanics, but it was a good night for him, and he's certainly one of the important voices for the party,” he said.

When asked whether Hogan is running for president in 2024, the governor said, “I will tell you what I'm doing. I will be heading down to Florida tomorrow with all my fellow governors. We're all going to talk about what happened, and we're going to welcome a couple of new governors, and then I will be flying out. 

“I'm going to do a thing with RJC. I will be on stage with Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo, and, at the end of the month, I'm going to have a big thing in Annapolis, a summit. We're going to be bringing people from all around the country, and I'm going to have a big celebration of our eight years of success, and we will -- we're going to take a look. I still have to do my day job until January 18," he said.

BASH: Well, you can walk and chew gum at the same time.

HOGAN: Yes, that's true. I will be freed up and unleashed.

BASH: And will you be unleashed towards a 2024 run?

HOGAN: I think there's probably -- I have been saying since 2020 that we have to get back to a party that appeals to more people, that can win in tough places, like I have done in Maryland, and I think that lane is much wider now than it was a week ago.

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