Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Tells Trump 'The Time Has Come' To Concede

Eyeing his own 2024 presidential bid, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan unloaded on President Trump on Monday, saying that while he struck a chord with some disaffected voters he was ineffective, spawned “toxic politics” that chased away suburban women and young voters, and showed a “loose affiliation with the truth.”

The two-term Republican governor said it’s time for Mr. Trump to concede he lost the presidential election, saying Democrat Joseph R. Biden scored “a pretty overwhelming victory.”

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist with ties to the Trump White House, said picking a fight over the border wall with Mr. Trump showed a “misunderstanding” of the immigration issue.

He said the wall was emblematic of Mr. Trump’s willingness to take on Washington on issues such as immigration, where he defied party orthodoxy for both Republicans and Democrats, as part of a pro-worker, pro-jobs agenda.

Mr. O’Connell said the party’s 2024 nominee will have to build on that legacy, not attack it.

“He doesn’t get it yet,” Mr. O’Connell told The Washington Times. “He’s correct that the future of the Republican Party is a multiethnic working-class coalition. But beyond that, he doesn’t seem to understand what happened in this election. It seems to be more taking a jab at Trump and taking the side of Mitt Romney.”

Read more from Stephen Dinan at The Washington Times

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