A former Republican lawmaker from Texas and current long-shot candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination was booed off the stage Friday night during an event after mercilessly criticizing former President Donald Trump.

At the Iowa event, former Texas congressman Will Hurd focused on the mounting legal problems the former president is facing after news dropped on Thursday that special counsel Jack Smith had filed three additional charges in Trump’s classified documents case.

Hurd was appearing at the 2023 Lincoln Dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Iowa Des Moines alongside many other GOP contenders, including Trump, though the former president was not on stage at the time.

The crowd got the rowdiest when Hurd declared that the only reason Trump’s running for president is to stay out of jail, with some in the crowd yelling at him to “Go home!” and calling him a “loser.”

He said, per Mediaite:

And the reason Donald Trump lost the election in 2020 is he failed to grow the GOP brand in areas like women with a college degree in the suburbs, Black and brown communities and people under the age of 35. We need leaders who did like your governor Reynolds, who went to places that people didn’t expect. And that’s how y’all turned red. If we. One of the things we need in our elected leaders for them to tell the truth, even if it’s unpopular. Donald Trump is not running for president to Make America Great Again. Donald Trump is not running for president to represent the people that voted for him in 2016 and 2020. Donald Trump is running to stay out of prison.

And if we elect (JEERS – GO HOME!) I know. I know. I know. I know. I know. Listen, I know the truth. The truth is hard. But if we elect Donald Trump, we are willingly giving Joe Biden four more years in the White House. And America can’t handle that. God bless you, and God bless America.


On Thursday, Smith filed three additional charges against Trump in the classified documents case, alleging that he attempted to “alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal evidence” and induce someone else to do so by deleting security camera footage. According to The New York Times, the footage allegedly shows someone moving boxes of documents.

In addition, Trump is facing a new count under the Espionage Act regarding a widely publicized incident where he allegedly shared a classified document with several persons at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump ripped his political rival’s Justice Department for “abuse” and said, “this is what you get” for him being the leading GOP opponent to the rapidly aging and scandal-ridden President Joe Biden.

In June, Trump was formally charged as a result of Smith’s investigation into the alleged improper retention of classified records during his presidency. He entered a plea of not guilty to a total of 37 counts, which encompass charges such as willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

He is the first former president to be charged with federal crimes.

“It’s election interference at the highest level,” Trump told Fox News Digital after he found out about the latest indictment. “They’re harassing my company, they’re harassing my family, and by far, least importantly of all, they’re harassing me.”

Trump told the outlet that “the charges are ridiculous, and they know it better than anyone.”

“This is prosecutorial misconduct used at a level never seen before,” Trump said. “If I weren’t leading Biden by a lot in numerous polls and wasn’t going to be the Republican nominee, it wouldn’t be happening. It wouldn’t be happening.”

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