Republican Governor says he’s “seriously considering” running against Trump in 2020…

As you all know former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld has announced he’s running against Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

Well another name has now emerged as a possible contender for the Republican nomination:

CBS NEWS – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said he’s seriously “considering” running against President Donald Trump in the 2020 primary while he spoke in front of an audience in New Hampshire Tuesday morning.

But, Hogan said he isn’t about to “launch some sort of a suicide mission.”

The 62-year-old was the featured speaker at Politics & Eggs at St. Anselm College.

Hogan said he needs to see a “path to victory” before he mounts a primary challenge. But the governor did say he has been strongly encouraged to run, and that he has “very strong concerns” about the future of the Republican party and “the future of my country.”

The second-term Republican governor in Maryland has been in the national spotlight since his November re-election. Hogan has been critical of Trump while he was governor.



Like Bill Weld, I don’t see Hogan giving much in the way of a fight to Trump. His liberal stances would be his downfall if he chose to run in the Republican Primary.

As Dan McLaughlin pointed out in January…

In a national election, however, Hogan’s status as a pragmatic, tax-cutting, infrastructure-building moderate would matter less than his moderate-to-liberal stances on abortion, the morning-after pill and Planned Parenthood funding, immigration, guns, and other social-issue hot buttons.

In short, he’s a RINO. He may be perfect for the leftists in Maryland but like Weld, he doesn’t stand a chance against Trump.

He did say, though, that he’s not going to launch a suicide mission. So unless his people blow fairy dust in his face and make him believe the fiction that he has a path to the nomination, his campaign will probably never get off the ground.

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108 thoughts on “Republican Governor says he’s “seriously considering” running against Trump in 2020…

  1. I fully support someone running to the right of Trump. Not to beat him, I don’t think he’s beatable in the GOP primary. But just to pull him to the right, to reinforce a constitutionally limited platform, and to give Trump some space to finally cut spending (like the GOP platform promises).

  2. ‘So unless his people blow fairy dust in his face ….’ His nose is covered in fairy dust already. Arrogant fools. The only possible challenge to Trump would be a Constitutional conservative and even that would be difficult. Maybe Hogan, Weld and Kasich could calendar weekly lunches to blow fairy dust up another orifice.

  3. I’d say, let them run. Competition should and general raises the bar for candidates. Let’s face it, no conservative should run against Trump in this upcoming election cycle and if the RhINOs want to take on the President, how much better to demonstrate the “big-umbrella” in one sense but also may help keep the conservatives on their toes and not get too complacent either.

  4. As a resident of the People’s Republic of Maryland, I have been very happy with Hogan as Governor, given the alternatives. That being said, a “Republican” politician in Maryland is a Democrat by any other name. He won’t do well in a national race.

  5. He is so concerned for the country that he would like to batter Trump in a primary so he can assist one of the radical Dems to take the WH back. Sorry Hogan, Weld has already filled that position.

  6. Hogan has been talking about this for a long time. My question is exactly what does he want the Republicans to return to………………..being like Democrats? He’s to the Left of Trump just like Weld and Kasich.

  7. Hahaha hahaha hahaha… that’s all that needs to be said about the schmucks wanting to primary Trump. Btw, where’s the mailman’s son? He will likely throw his hat in the ring as well, and NTs will flock to him.

  8. Hogan is very popular in Maryland, only the second Governor in the State’s history to win a second term. Being a Marylander, I can guarantee that in a Presidential election, his democrat opponent could be Bullwinkle J. Moose, and the latter would win the State’s electoral votes.

  9. Ted Cruz should run again. Give Trump some actual competition to get him in shape for the general (or pull off a win, one or the other)

    1. Ted Cruz is a man of his word and he has promised to back this president. If he decided to turn coat it will just open old wounds between Cruz and Trump supporters when we need to come together and defeat the democrats. We have a pretty good shot at winning the presidency as well as taking back the house if nothing stupid happens between now and then. The democrats really screwed up with the Mueller report and they continue to screw up by their out in the open assault and their continued support for abortion, climate change legislation, and their constant need to gaslight Americans who don’t embrace transgenderism.

    2. I suspect Cruz has been too busy convincing Trump to do pursue the genuinely conservative positions he has taken on issues such as deregulation, abortion, and Iran.

      Admittedly that’s just my theory, based on what we’ve seen from this administration policy-wise, and what’s been widely reported about its inner workings. But if it is indeed the case, I now understand why he ultimately chose to take a more conciliatory approach to their relationship after the primaries.

    3. After getting demolished last time, Ted should stay away. I highly doubt he can win the general anyway, even in 2024, there may be some Trump fatigue by then.

    4. No, I think it’s probably for the better that Ted not commit political suicide. If he hadn’t run in 2016, maybe.

    1. What do you call people from New York?
      New Yorkers.

      What do you call people from Pennsylvania?
      Pennsylvanians.

      What do you call people from Massachusetts?
      Massholes.

  10. If President Trump would back off of his trade war and embrace free trade, he’d be unbeatable in 2020.

    1. I’m not sure what kind of trade deals he’s already negotiated and I dont know how they are more favorable towards Americans so I cant really say for certainty if these trade wars are doing more harm than good towards the American consumer or the America worker, I am going to expect the next republican president to embrace free trade and I am going to expect this president to prove he has improved our GDP as well as increased our capacity to export to other trading partners before his tenure is over.

  11. For a governor of MD, he’s been good. Too bad he’s ruining that record. Our only hope for the country is Trump at this point, and doing anything that might weaken Republican chances in the general is a bad move.

    1. Trump donkey stomps both him and Weld early and cruises to an even bigger general election victory next year.

  12. Wow. I bet Trump is really scared of these no-name, no-accomplishment, political midgets (Weld & Hogan)! I bet he is losing sleep at night fearing for his political life!

  13. Governor Hogan, heed your gut. Yes, it would definitely be a suicide mission. After seeing Trump’s popularity how in the world did you ever get the idea that people want someone who is MORE liberal (I.e., a RINO) rather than MORE conservative? The Dole, Romney and McCain campaigns should be cautionary tales for you. Don’t think for a moment that the Dems taking the House was some kind of signal that people want more liberal people. There was a lot of hanky-panky that went into the winning of those seats as well as some former Trump voters falling for media disinformation and voting for liberals. Sadly, the latter are now seriously regretting doing that after having been shown how crazy the people turned out to be that they did vote for. So, Governor Hogan, the bottom line for you is to not even think about it unless you want to destroy your career.

  14. Wow. I bet Trump is really scared of these no-name, no-accomplishment, political midgets (Weld & Hogan)! I bet he is losing sleep at night fearing for his political life!

  15. For a governor of MD, he’s been good. Too bad he’s ruining that record. Our only hope for the country is Trump at this point, and doing anything that might weaken Republican chances in the general is a bad move.

    1. Trump donkey stomps both him and Weld early and cruises to an even bigger general election victory next year.

  16. Larry, you need to re-think the advice your are getting. Running against Trump will get you nowhere. Outside of the DC beltway few people know anything about you.

    You have done a great job the past 6 years. Finish up strong and take out our muppet-like senator Cardin. He is a joke whose IQ seems lower than his age. Every time he opens his mouth it is apparent that he has been in politics too long. He is just taking up space and we don’t need him saving his seat for his kid.

    So far your decisions have been viewed as those which are best for Maryland. It’s time to put your personal feelings aside and move to the US Senate where you can do some good.

  17. Larry Hogan is a smart guy and as he says, he won’t get in unless he sees a path. But it is funny that you call him RINO. Considering you called Trump the same and much worse in 2015/2016 but love/defend him now 🙂

    1. @thor77 Hogan refused to support Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh was then cleared in the FBI investigation, and Hogan still refused to support Kavanaugh. This guy comes off as a sanctimonious jerk like Kasich.

  18. Governor Hogan, heed your gut. Yes, it would definitely be a suicide mission. After seeing Trump’s popularity how in the world did you ever get the idea that people want someone who is MORE liberal (I.e., a RINO) rather than MORE conservative? The Dole, Romney and McCain campaigns should be cautionary tales for you. Don’t think for a moment that the Dems taking the House was some kind of signal that people want more liberal people. There was a lot of hanky-panky that went into the winning of those seats as well as some former Trump voters falling for media disinformation and voting for liberals. Sadly, the latter are now seriously regretting doing that after having been shown how crazy the people turned out to be that they did vote for. So, Governor Hogan, the bottom line for you is to not even think about it unless you want to destroy your career.

  19. It is very unlikely that Governor Hogan will seek the Presidency (big structural hurdles to winning the GOP nomination including but not limited to national name recognition, finances, campaign infrastructure, etc.). But the emergence of a viable contender for the nomination would be a positive development.

    A recent Morning Consult Poll revealed:

    “Fifty-seven percent of registered voters disapproved of Trump’s job performance and 39 percent approved in the latest Morning Consult/Politico weekly tracking poll, which surveyed 1,992 registered voters April 19-21 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points…”

    “Just over a third of voters (34 percent) said they support impeaching Trump, compared with 48 percent who oppose it, similar to the share of voters who said the same in a poll conducted immediately after the midterm elections.”

    https://morningconsult.com/2019/04/22/trumps-popularity-hits-record-low-as-support-for-impeachment-wanes/

    In short, the American people concluded that Trump doesn’t merit impeachment, but also that he’s a bad President. That creates some possible opportunities for prospective challengers, but it would be a difficult uphill fight. Should polls come out during the fall that show Trump at a decided and persistent disadvantage relative to numerous potential Democratic nominees, the dynamics could begin to shift.

  20. He’s the best Republican that could ever hope of being elected in Maryland (my home state)

    1. What do you call people from New York?
      New Yorkers.

      What do you call people from Pennsylvania?
      Pennsylvanians.

      What do you call people from Massachusetts?
      Massholes.

  21. If President Trump would back off of his trade war and embrace free trade, he’d be unbeatable in 2020.

    1. I’m not sure what kind of trade deals he’s already negotiated and I dont know how they are more favorable towards Americans so I cant really say for certainty if these trade wars are doing more harm than good towards the American consumer or the America worker, I am going to expect the next republican president to embrace free trade and I am going to expect this president to prove he has improved our GDP as well as increased our capacity to export to other trading partners before his tenure is over.

  22. Ted Cruz should run again. Give Trump some actual competition to get him in shape for the general (or pull off a win, one or the other)

    1. No, I think it’s probably for the better that Ted not commit political suicide. If he hadn’t run in 2016, maybe.

    2. Ted Cruz is a man of his word and he has promised to back this president. If he decided to turn coat it will just open old wounds between Cruz and Trump supporters when we need to come together and defeat the democrats. We have a pretty good shot at winning the presidency as well as taking back the house if nothing stupid happens between now and then. The democrats really screwed up with the Mueller report and they continue to screw up by their out in the open assault and their continued support for abortion, climate change legislation, and their constant need to gaslight Americans who don’t embrace transgenderism.

    3. I suspect Cruz has been too busy convincing Trump to do pursue the genuinely conservative positions he has taken on issues such as deregulation, abortion, and Iran.

      Admittedly that’s just my theory, based on what we’ve seen from this administration policy-wise, and what’s been widely reported about its inner workings. But if it is indeed the case, I now understand why he ultimately chose to take a more conciliatory approach to their relationship after the primaries.

        1. @atomicsentinel

          Nobody tells Donnie what to do. His only motivation is the clap claps.

          Which, you realize, is precisely what makes him persuadable. And that’s actually been a good thing, as often as not.

    4. After getting demolished last time, Ted should stay away. I highly doubt he can win the general anyway, even in 2024, there may be some Trump fatigue by then.

  23. Hogan is very popular in Maryland, only the second Governor in the State’s history to win a second term. Being a Marylander, I can guarantee that in a Presidential election, his democrat opponent could be Bullwinkle J. Moose, and the latter would win the State’s electoral votes.

  24. Larry, you need to re-think the advice your are getting. Running against Trump will get you nowhere. Outside of the DC beltway few people know anything about you.

    You have done a great job the past 6 years. Finish up strong and take out our muppet-like senator Cardin. He is a joke whose IQ seems lower than his age. Every time he opens his mouth it is apparent that he has been in politics too long. He is just taking up space and we don’t need him saving his seat for his kid.

    So far your decisions have been viewed as those which are best for Maryland. It’s time to put your personal feelings aside and move to the US Senate where you can do some good.

  25. Very few Republicans could beat Trump right now. It’s very difficult to uproot a sitting President in the primary to begin with, and I don’t think people will turn from him in that large of numbers.

    1. @kong1967 Nope, he could only be beaten by a Democrat, and then only if the economy crashes or there is some other disaster that they can pin on him.

    2. @kong1967

      I feel like a primary battle will do more harm than anything and will just open the door for more bitter feelings among Republicans voters when we need to be focused on beating the democrats

      1. @aphazel Not with the two nitwits that may be opposing Trump. I don’t think they have enough draw to cause a division. We’ve seen about every accusation there is against Trump and people aren’t swayed by them. It will have to be a better challenger that a lot of people can get behind. If Trump were to face Cruz, for example, and open old wounds it could stir things up quite a bit.

  26. Larry Hogan is a smart guy and as he says, he won’t get in unless he sees a path. But it is funny that you call him RINO. Considering you called Trump the same and much worse in 2015/2016 but love/defend him now 🙂

    1. @thor77 Hogan refused to support Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation. Kavanaugh was then cleared in the FBI investigation, and Hogan still refused to support Kavanaugh. This guy comes off as a sanctimonious jerk like Kasich.

  27. In a national election, however, Hogan’s status as a pragmatic, tax-cutting, infrastructure-building moderate would matter less than his moderate-to-liberal stances on abortion, the morning-after pill and Planned Parenthood funding, immigration, guns, and other social-issue hot buttons.

    Sigh. Are there any fiscally AND socially conservative people left anymore to run? Because I’m not voting Republican if it means compromising one or the other.

    That means you too Donald.

    1. @dr-strangelove Whenever I hear the name Hogan, I think of that lousy tv show from the 1980s, the Hogan Family.

  28. Only the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan would stand a chance of beating Trump in the primaries, open or not, ..politically speaking. This guy doesn’t stand a chance.

  29. Hogan is about as good as Maryland is going to do for a Governor given the crazies in this state, but he would be a Mittens Romney-like President — always giving into the left. Hogan would be better off spending his energy trying to get Cardin or Van Hollen out of the Senate (now that would be doing the country a real service). Not sure which House district he lives in, but bumping the current Democrat there out of office would be a real national service as well. Personally I hope he lives in Elijah Cummings’ district (perhaps the dumbest person in the MD congressional delegation) and bumps him out of office. Probably not much hope of that, but one can always dream. Hogan is an adamant never-Trumper.

  30. Weld doesn’t have anything to lose by running as he wouldn’t have a chance even if were an open field. Hogan on the other hand, would be a significant candidate in an open race. So he’d be better off waiting until 2024, rather than cashing his check now.

  31. A Liberal Republican running for President! Seeing there is only a handful of conservative Republicans in Congress, why wouldn’t he do well? Especially in the north. It’s not like conservatives are a majority. Ask the freedom caucus.

  32. I’d say, let them run. Competition should and general raises the bar for candidates. Let’s face it, no conservative should run against Trump in this upcoming election cycle and if the RhINOs want to take on the President, how much better to demonstrate the “big-umbrella” in one sense but also may help keep the conservatives on their toes and not get too complacent either.

  33. As a resident of the People’s Republic of Maryland, I have been very happy with Hogan as Governor, given the alternatives. That being said, a “Republican” politician in Maryland is a Democrat by any other name. He won’t do well in a national race.

  34. It is very unlikely that Governor Hogan will seek the Presidency (big structural hurdles to winning the GOP nomination including but not limited to national name recognition, finances, campaign infrastructure, etc.). But the emergence of a viable contender for the nomination would be a positive development.

    A recent Morning Consult Poll revealed:

    “Fifty-seven percent of registered voters disapproved of Trump’s job performance and 39 percent approved in the latest Morning Consult/Politico weekly tracking poll, which surveyed 1,992 registered voters April 19-21 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points…”

    “Just over a third of voters (34 percent) said they support impeaching Trump, compared with 48 percent who oppose it, similar to the share of voters who said the same in a poll conducted immediately after the midterm elections.”

    https://morningconsult.com/2019/04/22/trumps-popularity-hits-record-low-as-support-for-impeachment-wanes/

    In short, the American people concluded that Trump doesn’t merit impeachment, but also that he’s a bad President. That creates some possible opportunities for prospective challengers, but it would be a difficult uphill fight. Should polls come out during the fall that show Trump at a decided and persistent disadvantage relative to numerous potential Democratic nominees, the dynamics could begin to shift.

  35. Minus an economic collapse or some other disaster that can be blamed on Trump, he will be hard to beat by anyone, Republican or Democrat.

    1. Exactly what I’ve been saying. Unless there is a Democrat timebomb waiting in the wings (like Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act) he’s a shoo-in.

  36. Hogan has been talking about this for a long time. My question is exactly what does he want the Republicans to return to………………..being like Democrats? He’s to the Left of Trump just like Weld and Kasich.

    1. He has a very bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is almost like a personal vendetta to take out Trump.

  37. He is so concerned for the country that he would like to batter Trump in a primary so he can assist one of the radical Dems to take the WH back. Sorry Hogan, Weld has already filled that position.

  38. I fully support someone running to the right of Trump. Not to beat him, I don’t think he’s beatable in the GOP primary. But just to pull him to the right, to reinforce a constitutionally limited platform, and to give Trump some space to finally cut spending (like the GOP platform promises).

  39. ‘So unless his people blow fairy dust in his face ….’ His nose is covered in fairy dust already. Arrogant fools. The only possible challenge to Trump would be a Constitutional conservative and even that would be difficult. Maybe Hogan, Weld and Kasich could calendar weekly lunches to blow fairy dust up another orifice.

  40. Hahaha hahaha hahaha… that’s all that needs to be said about the schmucks wanting to primary Trump. Btw, where’s the mailman’s son? He will likely throw his hat in the ring as well, and NTs will flock to him.

  41. Very few Republicans could beat Trump right now. It’s very difficult to uproot a sitting President in the primary to begin with, and I don’t think people will turn from him in that large of numbers.

    1. @kong1967 Nope, he could only be beaten by a Democrat, and then only if the economy crashes or there is some other disaster that they can pin on him.

  42. Only the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan would stand a chance of beating Trump in the primaries, open or not, ..politically speaking. This guy doesn’t stand a chance.

  43. – Republican Governor considering running against Trump
    – And with your spirit

  44. Weld doesn’t have anything to lose by running as he wouldn’t have a chance even if were an open field. Hogan on the other hand, would be a significant candidate in an open race. So he’d be better off waiting until 2024, rather than cashing his check now.

  45. A Liberal Republican running for President! Seeing there is only a handful of conservative Republicans in Congress, why wouldn’t he do well? Especially in the north. It’s not like conservatives are a majority. Ask the freedom caucus.

  46. Minus an economic collapse or some other disaster that can be blamed on Trump, he will be hard to beat by anyone, Republican or Democrat.

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