Aug 29, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Hogan says there are signs of authoritarianism in GOP

 Governor Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference at Maryland State House on June 09, 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference at the Maryland Statehouse in June in Annapolis. Photo: Brian Stukes/Getty Images

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) criticized President Biden for likening Trump's MAGA ideology to "semi-fascism," but said during an appearance on CBS News on Sunday there are "signs" of authoritarianism in the Republican Party.

Driving the news: CBS' Major Garrett asked Hogan on "Face the Nation" whether he saw "any strains of authoritarianism" in the GOP. "There's no question we see some signs of that. And I'm one of the ones speaking out," Hogan replied.

The big picture: The outgoing governor has been an outspoken critic of former President Trump and his party's loyalty to him. Hogan endorsed a Republican moderate in the Maryland governor primary who lost to a Trump-backed candidate and says he won't be supporting anyone in the gubernatorial election.

  • When asked about calling Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox a "Q-Anon whack job," Hogan told Garrett he "just told the truth."

What else he's saying: Hogan said there's "divisive rhetoric on both sides that's really bad for America."

  • "I've been talking about the toxic politics and if Republicans are calling Democrats socialists and communists and we have the president of the United States calling Republicans fascist, I don't think it adds to the overall discussion," he said.
  • "We all just talk about the differences we have on the issues and focus on the problems that most people in America want us to focus on," Hogan added.
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