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Lara Trump makes no RNC endorsement to Larry Hogan after commenting on Trump’s verdict

Lara Trump, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee and daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, criticized former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Sunday after he urged Americans to “respect” the verdict in the former president’s hush money trial .

Hogan is running for a Senate seat in Maryland and represents one of the Republican Party’s best chances to take back control of the chamber. Yet Lara Trump — who was recently named co-chair of the party along with Michael Whatley — said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Hogan “does not deserve the respect” of any Republican for his comments.

On Thursday, before the jury’s verdict was handed down, Hogan posted on X that Americans should “respect the verdict and the legal process.”

“We must reaffirm what made this nation great: the rule of law,” Hogan said, urging the public not to “add fuel to the fire with more toxic partisanship.”

Lara Trump called his statement “ridiculous.”

“He doesn’t deserve the respect of anyone in the Republican Party right now, and frankly, no one in America, if that’s how you feel,” she said.

The RNC supports the campaigns and organization of the Republican Party. CNN host Kasie Hunt asked the RNC co-chair if her comments meant the committee would withhold money from Hogan’s Senate campaign. Lara Trump did not immediately respond.

“I’ll contact you with all the financial details,” she said. “But what I can tell you is that, as co-chair of the Republican Party, I believe he should never have said something like that.”

Spokespeople for Hogan’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign, quickly attacked Hogan for his message, saying on X, “You just ended your campaign.”

Hogan, a popular former governor in a deep blue state known for his willingness to work across the aisle, will need to win him over voters to succeed Sen. Ben Cardin (D). and help the GOP take control of the Senate.

Democrats currently control the House with one seat, and several Senate seats are up for grabs in November. Hogan is running against Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who won the Democratic primary last month.

In the CNN interview, Lara Trump appeared to suggest that Hogan was appealing to the wrong voters by trying to quell negative reaction to the verdict in the former president’s trial.

“The American people came out and within 48 hours of Donald Trump’s verdict being read, our campaign and the RNC raised $70 million in digital fundraising,” she said – referring to a spike in donations to Trump and Republicans in the aftermath of the verdict. (Fundraising figures have not been verified.)

“I think that was a very quick, very quick and very strong response from the American people,” Lara Trump said. “The American people are angry and have spoken out about it.”

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