Republicans shun Senate candidate and urge Republican Party to 'accept' Trump verdict

Former Maryland governor and Republican Senate candidate Larry Hogan drew criticism from fellow Republicans on Thursday for his comments on former President Donald Trump's criminal conviction.

“The former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee was found guilty Thursday of all 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree after two days of jury deliberation.

“Regardless of the outcome, I urge all Americans to respect the verdict and the legal process. At this dangerously divisive moment in our history, all leaders – regardless of party – must not add fuel to the fire with more toxic partisanship,” said Hogan. on X.

“We must reaffirm what made this nation great: the rule of law,” he said.

LEGAL EXPERTS SAY TRUMP CONVICTION IS A 'PURPORTABLE ENVIRONMENT' FOR APPEALS

Then-Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks at the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Chris LaCivita, a senior adviser to the former president and his campaign, responded to the message, saying, “You just ended your campaign.”

Hogan, a moderate former two-term Republican governor, is vying to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in the blue state of Maryland.

JURY REACHES VERDICT IN NY V. TRUMP TRIAL

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower after being found guilty

Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower on Thursday, May 30, 2024, after being found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. (Felipe Ramales for Fox News Digital)

Fox News reported Thursday that NRSC Chairman Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will continue his support of Hogan despite his comments about Trump — the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president.

TRUMP SAYS GUILTY VERDICT A 'SCAR' ON NEW YORK'S JUDICIAL POSITION, PROMISES TO 'KEEP FIGHTING'

Donald Trump appears in Manhattan criminal court

Former President Donald Trump will appear in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Jury deliberations in Donald Trump's criminal hush-money trial enter a second day as jurors tackle the arduous task of assessing the former president's guilt and innocence based on the facts of the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Swimming Pool)

“I still think Larry Hogan is going to flip Maryland. Larry Hogan is going to run his campaign. Run his race. President Trump is going to run his race. I thought the trial was a complete sham,” Daines told Fox News.

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The donation site for WinRed, the GOP donation platform, was apparently down on Thursday due to an overwhelming amount of visitors. LaCivita wrote on [WinRed] do not give up! Please log in again and try again.”

Fox News' Aisha Hasnie contributed to this report.

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