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. That's fallen nation territory, that's third world country territory. My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here. — Ohio Republican Anthony Gonzalez
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. That's fallen nation territory, that's third world country territory. My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here. — Ohio Republican Anthony Gonzalez

I have real concerns about the future of this democracy. I didn't think we had this sort of pull towards authoritarianism in our democracy. — Bill Gates, a Republican supervisor in Arizona's Maricopa County
I have real concerns about the future of this democracy. I didn't think we had this sort of pull towards authoritarianism in our democracy. — Bill Gates, a Republican supervisor in Arizona's Maricopa County

Should he be the nominee, or should he run again, I'll do everything I can to stop him. ... I believe as a citizen of this country who loves this country and respects the Constitution, that's my responsibility. — Ohio #Republican Anthony Gonzalez
Should he be the nominee, or should he run again, I'll do everything I can to stop him. ... I believe as a citizen of this country who loves this country and respects the Constitution, that's my responsibility. — Ohio #Republican Anthony Gonzalez

Retiring GOP lawmaker warns Trump will try to steal the next election
Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. In the face of relentless attacks and threats directed toward him and his family afterward, the Ohio Republican chose to retire from Congress at the end of his term and avoid facing off with a Trump-backed primary challenger next year.

With Trump appearing to prepare for another presidential run in 2024, Gonzalez told CNN he will try to stop Trump from running the same 2020 playbook to overturn another election, but he warned that Trump could have more help next time from those in charge of running -- and certifying -- elections.

"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. That's fallen nation territory, that's third world country territory. My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here," Gonzalez said.

... "I have real concerns about the future of this democracy," said Bill Gates, a Republican supervisor in Arizona's Maricopa County who pushed back on claims that there was fraud in the 2020 election result. "I didn't think we had this sort of pull towards authoritarianism in our in our democracy."

Gonzalez pointed to election officials like Gates as a key reason Trump was unsuccessful in his attempts to subvert the election result in 2020.


"The institutions don't hold themselves," he said. "In the moments of truth, you need the right people to pass the most difficult tests. We had just enough people on January 6 pass the test. We have to make sure we have equal number of people to continue to pass the test going forward."

But Gonzalez and other Republicans fear the officials who stopped Trump in 2020 may be replaced by those "more beholden to him than their oath," thanks to the former President's revenge campaign against those who opposed his election lies.

Trump has endorsed Republicans who have embraced his lies about the election in key battleground states for normally low-key secretary of state races, seeking to replace officials who rebuffed his pressure campaign such as Georgia Republican Brad Raffensperger.

"It looks to me that he has evaluated what went wrong on January 6: Why is it that he wasn't able to steal the election? Who stood in his way?" Gonzalez said. "And he's going methodically state by state at races from, you know, state Senate races all the way down to county commissioner races trying to get the people who -- the Republicans, the RINOs, in his words -- who stopped this, who stopped him from stealing the election."

While Gonzalez is retiring from Congress, he said he's not leaving the political arena -- especially if Trump runs again.

"Should he be the nominee, or should he run again, I'll do everything I can to stop him," he said. "Can I stop him? I have no idea. But I believe as a citizen of this country who loves this country and respects the Constitution, that's my responsibility."
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