Trump-backed Arkansas Senator John Boozman disparaged the former president for disputing the 2020 election. Watch:
The video, sent to conservative publication Gateway Pundit, shows Boozman speaking on hidden camera and questioning Trump for criticizing the election results after they were certified.
“Once the state agrees that hey, this is… this is the results…we’re going forward, then you have to let it go,” Boozman said. “This deal about Mike Pence being able to… That was absolutely nuts… that was just,” Boozeman added. “You know, if you’ve got a situation where somehow the Vice President can, they’d never leave office. You know, it’s just, it’s crazy… So I think once they certify, constitutionally, that’s where it ends and that’s Tom Cotton’s opinion.”
Boozman was also asked about the evidence of election fraud.
“Do you think some of that may have gone on a little bit in the 2020 election?” Boozman is asked.
“I’ve not seen, and again this might change tomorrow, but I’ve not seen anyone come forward, kind of like in, when we had the deal in Florida with Bush, you know the recount there,” Boozman said. “Nobody ever proved that… that wasn’t a good count. But with this deal, I mean nobody’s shown anything to prove that, you know there’s enough, if there was irregulation, nothing really in this last election would have changed it… in the states.”
Boozman then compared the 2020 election dispute to the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
“I, you know, I don’t blame him in the sense that, we hear this out of Trump, this is a guy that during his entire presidency, you had a situation where the Democrats were doing the same thing. You know, they declared him illegitimate… and actually, the thing to watch as you go forward, is this investigation, that this guy is doing, a special prosecutor, about what all went on regarding the FBI and all of the Russia Collusion stuff they made up. You know, so, it works both ways,” he said.
Boozman earlier misquoted the president in order to blame him for the January 6 riot.
“I think he made a really tragic mistake in the way that he handled it,” Boozman said in January 2021.
“It was a huge mistake” for Trump to urge his followers “to march on the Capitol,” Boozman added, failing to note that Trump stipulated that the marchers “peacefully make their voices heard,” or that the riot started before any of those marchers could reach the capitol grounds.
Nonetheless, Boozman voted to acquit Donald Trump after the second politically motivated impeachment of the president.
“While former President Donald Trump bears some responsibility for what happened that day, the perpetrators who planned, coordinated and assaulted the Capitol building must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law and brought to justice,” Boozman said in a statement.
“Senator John Boozman is a great fighter for the people of Arkansas. He is tough on Crime, strong on the Border, a great supporter of our Military and our Vets, and fights for our farmers every day. He supports our Second Amendment and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” the ex-president said in a statement emailed to Newsweek.
Jake Bequette, the U.S. Army veteran and former NFL player running for Senate as a Republican in Arkansas, is challenging Boozman in the Arkansas Republican primary. He issued a statement on the undercover video.
This is what we've been saying all along. This is the type of weak leadership that gave away the 2020 election. John Boozman continues to brag about a Trump endorsement while mocking him behind his back. https://t.co/NiwqjWgTmi pic.twitter.com/VOIS2NXHhm
— Jake Bequette (@JakeBequette91) April 5, 2022
“This is what we’ve been saying all along,” Bequette remarked. “This is the type of weak leadership that gave away the 2020 election. John Boozman continues to brag about a Trump endorsement while mocking him behind his back.”
In an interview with The Hill in February, Bequette argued that Boozman only stood by Trump when it was politically convenient.
“There are too many Republicans who only support President Trump when it’s convenient for them. You know, Sen. Boozman was against President Trump from the very beginning,” Bequette said.
“There are too many Republicans who only stand with President Trump and really the America First movement when it’s convenient for them,” he added. “And I think the people of Arkansas are ready for a leader, someone who’s going to stand up and … lead from the front, not someone who’s going to be largely invisible.”
In an interview with Fox News in January, Bequette argued that Arkansas are “ready for a change” in Senate leadership due to Boozman failing to represent the deeply conservative state.
“We’re a deep red, Republican state. A very pro-Trump, America First state,” Bequette said. “Unfortunately, too many of our elected Republican leaders, they’re just empty suits who simply have an ‘R’ next to their name.”
“We need leaders who can actually move the needle and fight back against the radical Democrats and the failures of this current administration, and that’s why I am in this race, and I think the people of Arkansas are ready for a change,” Bequette said.
In October, Bequette received an infusion of cash for his Arkansas senate bid, Politico reported.
“One of the Republican Party’s biggest donors is working to defeat Arkansas Sen. John Boozman in next year’s GOP primary,” Politico noted. “Dick Uihlein, a prominent conservative megadonor, is giving $1 million to a newly formed super PAC aligned with Republican Jake Bequette, according to a person familiar with the contribution. Bequette is an Iraq war veteran and retired NFL player who is challenging Boozman.”
Bequette noted in the Fox News interview cited above that Boozman had received Trump’s endorsement before he had entered the 2022 midterms race. He also highlighted his own endorsements from Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Burgess Owens (R-UT).
“No one has more respect for President Trump than me, and that endorsement came before I got into the race,” Bequette said.
Boozman has not denied the undercover video is authentic in the 24 hours it has been released. Becker News received the video from an official second source that substantiates its validity. If Boozman provides a statement refuting the video or its content, a statement will be provided in this article as forthcoming.
The Arkansas senate primary race currently has a lack of polling to show Boozman’s current position in his race against Bequette. But the hidden video of Boozman is a sign that campaign season is starting to heat up.
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