At a Friday Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) faced boos from attendees after making comments about the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, special counsel Jack Smith unveiled the new charges in a superseding indictment, which now also involves Carlos De Oliveira, a maintenance worker at Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s Florida estate.
In June, Smith had initially obtained a 37-count indictment against Trump following an investigation into allegations related to classified documents.
Hurd began his comments to the crowd by saying, “The reason Donald Trump lost the election in 2020 is he failed to grow the GOP brand in areas like women with a college degree in the suburbs, black and brown communities and people under the age of 35.”
He continued, “One of the things we need in our elected leaders is for them to speak the truth, even if it’s unpopular. 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. Donald Trump is running to stay out of prison.”
Despite the crowd’s boos in response to Hurd’s comments, the former CIA officer and 2024 presidential candidate stood his ground and did not back down.
Hurd continued, “I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. Listen, I know the truth. The truth is hard. But if we elect Donald Trump, we are willingly giving Joe Biden four more years in the White House, and America can’t handle that. God bless you, and God bless America.”
Liberal Will Hurd is an EMBARRASSMENT to the Republican Party and to the GREAT state of Texas! He’s not a Republican, and he deserves to be booed off of EVERY stage he steps on. Give it up Will! NOBODY wants to hear what you’re saying! pic.twitter.com/6x3qDqGeVG
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) July 29, 2023
Due to his failure to reach 1% in national polls and his refusal to sign a pledge supporting the nominee, Hurd is unlikely to meet the qualifications to participate in the first debate among Republican presidential candidates.
According to the Texas Tribune, during his three terms in the House of Representatives, Hurd garnered a moderate voting record. His stances included opposing the repeal of Obamacare, supporting LGBT rights and endorsing certain gun control measures.