Hutchinson continued to talk over the shouts, saying, “That may or may not happen before you vote in March, and it might not make any difference to you, but it will make a difference for our chances to attract independent voters in November. It will make a difference for those down-ticket races for Congress and Senate, and it will weaken the GOP for decades to come.” Just when it seemed like the booing was starting to die down, Hutchinson’s next comments whipped the audience back into a frenzy. “As a party, we must support the rule of law. We cannot win as a country without integrity in the White House, and while some will ignore the destructive behavior of the former president, I assure you we ignore it at our own peril.” Hutchinson wasn’t the only embattled Republican candidate to get an earful at Saturday’s event. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was also booed when he said Trump’s “pettiness is beneath the process of electing a president.”
Asa Hutchinson loudly booed at the Florida Freedom Summit for telling the crowd that “there is a significant likelihood that Donald Trump will be found guilty by a jury on a felony offense next year.” pic.twitter.com/bdTZgJjLZc— Veronica Stracqualursi (@VeronicaStrac) November 4, 2023
It’s obvious that candidates will say whatever it takes to win, but how is that working out for Hutchinson and Christie? They’re currently polling at 0.5 and 2.3 percent, respectively, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average. Trump, meanwhile, is blowing his competition out of the water with nearly 60 percent support. Many polls have him ahead of President Joe Biden, despite his legal troubles. Hutchinson’s failure to read a room full of Republicans on Saturday may have been the last gasp for his campaign. He may insist on staying in the race, but no one else seems interested.
Another Republican speechAnother round of boos for @ChrisChristie https://t.co/31knOzogh4 pic.twitter.com/MxAL3yrgm8 — Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 4, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.