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The stunt was blasted as “bulls**t” by former congressman Joe Walsh, a Republican who briefly flirted with the idea of challenging Trump as his party’s nominee, tweeted in reaction.
“To say as you do that Donald Trump is unfit, yet you won’t vote for the ONLY person who can beat him, is cowardly & makes no sense. Really disappointing,” Walsh tweeted.
“This is so cynical and cowardly. At least own up to your intentions. You’re trying way too hard to appease everyone with this, and it’s tragic,” liberal writer and activist Charlotte Clymer added.
Others took on an even more mocking tone when reacting to Hogan’s vote, some even accusing the governor of using the symbolic vote to boost his own national profile ahead of what many experts have predicted will be a 2024 run for president.
WOW SO BRAVE. https://t.co/yUDnL1NYMH
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) October 16, 2020
The governor of Maryland, an adult man and not a toddler, wrote in Ronald Reagan. https://t.co/dStvk6VroT
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) October 16, 2020
Why I won’t vote for my state’s own governor? Because he didn’t vote. He wasted his ballot on a write-in vote for a Dead President. I would have had more respect for Larry Hogan if he voted for Trump instead of begging for free publicity toward a failed 2024
Presidential run. https://t.co/Pqr1GBrmrv
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) October 16, 2020
I feel like Hogan is trying to save his own hide and sell himself as a post-Trump GOP savior. But the thing is, I don’t see Trump’s popularity declining anytime soon even if he loses. Hell, if he loses, Trump will be seen as a martyr.
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) October 16, 2020
Hogan has long been critical of Trump, but took an especially hardline stance against the administration over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, blasting Trump for not supporting states enough early on when it came to testing.
The governor ended up procuring testing supplies from South Korea, a move Trump said was completely unnecessary.
“The governor of Maryland could have called Mike Pence, could have saved a lot of money… I don’t think he needed to go to South Korea. I think he needed to get a little knowledge,” the president said in July.
Besides Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, the presidential candidates include Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen, who is on all 50 state ballots; Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, who is on most state ballots; and independent hopeful, rapper Kanye West, who has made a handful of ballots.
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