Hutchinson booed after claiming Trump will likely be found guilty of a felony
"As a party, we must support the rule of law," Hutchinson added.
Former Arkansas governor and 2024 GOP presidential candidate Asa Hutchinson was booed Saturday at a Republican gathering in Florida for saying that it's very likely that former President Donald Trump will be convicted of a felony.
Trump is currently facing multiple felony counts in different cases, including falsifying records, election subversion and taking home classified documents. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, alleging they are politically motivated.
"There is a significant likelihood that Donald Trump will be found guilty by a jury on a felony offense next year," Hutchinson said during the Florida Freedom Summit in Kissimmee, Florida, according to Fox News.
"That may or may not happen," he continued. "Before you vote in March, and it might not make any difference to you, but it will make a difference for our chances to attract independent voters in November. It will make a difference for those down-ticket races for Congress and Senate, and it will weaken the GOP for decades to come. As a party, we must support the rule of law."
This resulted in multiple boos from the crowd.
"We cannot win as a country without integrity in the White House," Hutchinson continued.
He also said that the GOP can't ignore the "destructive behavior" of Trump and that the next generation "will not look favorably back on this time."