Republicans shun Senate candidate in battleground, urging GOP to ‘accept’ Trump verdict

Former Maryland governor and Republican Senate candidate Larry Hogan came under fire Thursday from fellow Republicans for his comments about former President Donald Trump’s criminal conviction.

“The former president and presumptive Republican presidential candidate was found guilty of all 34 counts of first-degree falsifying business records Thursday after two days of jury deliberations.

“Regardless of the outcome, I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process. At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders, regardless of party, must not cast oil on fire with even more toxic partisanship,” Hogan said. on X.

“We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law,” he said.

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Then-Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks at the Maryland Statehouse, January 10, 2023, in Annapolis, Maryland. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, file)

Chris LaCivita, a senior advisor to the former president and his campaign, responded to the post saying, “You just finished your campaign.”

Hogan, a moderate former two-term Republican governor, is vying to succeed longtime Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in the blue state of Maryland.

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Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower after being found guilty

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower, Thursday, May 30, 2024, after being found guilty of 34 counts of first-degree falsification of business records. (Felipe Ramales for Fox News Digital)

Fox News reported Thursday that NRSC Chairman Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will continue to support Hogan despite his comments about Trump — the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

Trump says guilty verdict a ‘scar’ on New York justice system, vows to ‘keep fighting’

Donald Trump appears in Manhattan Criminal Court

Former President Donald Trump appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, May 30, 2024, in New York. Jury deliberations in Donald Trump’s secret criminal trial are entering a second day as jurors tackle the daunting task of weighing the former president’s guilt and innocence alongside the facts of the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, swimming pool)

“I still think Larry Hogan is going to flip Maryland. Larry Hogan is going to run his campaign. Run his race. President Trump is going to run his race. I thought the trial was a total sham,” Daines told Fox News.

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The donation site for WinRed, the GOP’s donation platform, experienced a malfunction Thursday, apparently due to an overwhelming number of visitors. LaCivita posted on [WinRed] Do not abandon ! Log back in and try again.”

Fox News’ Aisha Hasnie contributed to this report.

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