‘I see one more politically defeated man’: Anthony Gonzalez equates Donald Trump with the January 6 uprising on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’

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'I see one more politically defeated man': Anthony Gonzalez equates Donald Trump with the January 6 uprising on CNN's 'State of the Union'

“Donald Trump led us into a ditch on January 6,” Gonzalez told Tapper. “The former president lied to us, and in doing so, he cost us the House, the Senate and the White House. I see, fundamentally, a person who shouldn’t be able to hold office again because of what he did around January 6. But I also see somebody who’s an enormous political loser.”

On Jan. 6, the day of hundreds of Trump supporters overran the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to halt the counting of the electoral votes to confirm the 2020 presidential election, Gonzalez said he was in the balcony when the session was called to order. He went on his Twitter, and that’s when he saw people breaking the line, he said.

“There were some tough calls with my wife and family,” Gonzalez said. “At the time, you don’t know it’s going to end when there’s an angry violent mob who believes the election was stolen in the United States of America.

After he looked out of the window and saw more people breaking the line, he went and barricaded himself inside of his office, and changed into some regular clothes in case he had to “make a run for it,” he said.

Story Highlights

  • Gonzalez, 37, made the comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.

  • Gonzalez represents parts of Northeast Ohio including Wayne County, and parts of Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Portage and Stark Counties.

One week after the insurrection, Gonzalez was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on charges of inciting an insurrection. He said it was a hard vote, but he believed that there was a grave assault on the country committed by the sitting president.

“It was deeply sad to come to the conclusion that I felt like I could no longer trust the president of the United States, even for a few days, to be the commander-in-chief of our military,” Gonzalez said. “I had to do what I felt was right to protect the county.”

The Senate declined to convict Trump on the charges. Gonzalez’s impeachment vote caused a great fallout between him and much of the GOP. The politician began to receive death threats, and he was censured and called on to resign by the Ohio Republican Party.

In June, Trump campaigned against Gonzalez in support of Max Miller, a former Trump aide who announced a run against the incumbent. Gonzalez announced in September that he would not run for reelection in 2022. However, his decision was not based on the death threats or the undermining efforts of Trump, he said.

Gonzalez said he wanted a different life for his family and children. Gonzalez was born and raised in Ohio, but his grandparents escaped the Castro regime in Cuba. Gonzalez told Tapper that if Trump runs for office again, “he will systematically go through the country trying to remove those people who try to make the right decisions, and install those who will do exactly what he wants them do, and believe his lies.”

“January 6 was the line that can’t be crossed,” Gonzalez said. “January 6 was an unconstitutional attempt, led by the president of the United States, to overturn an American election and reinstall himself in power illegitimately.” Gonzalez said he despises many of Democratic President Joe Biden’s policies and he would not vote Democrat, yet still refused to support Trump under any circumstances in 2024.