WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who was once one of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most vocal opponents, stood by his comments during a speech in Long Island this month, but reiterated that he’d vote for Trump anyway because, “he’s better than Hillary” Clinton.
Making an appearance at a Hofstra University forum as part of the college’s lead-in to hosting the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, Jindal was asked if he’d changed his views on Trump since last year, when he called him a “madman” and “unstable narcissist.”
“I don’t usually use that kind of language about anyone, in public or private life, but I felt that strongly about it,” Jindal said. “My views haven’t changed overnight. I didn’t wake up today to tell you that I think Donald Trump’s the best thing since sliced bread. I’m not here to tell you that I think he’s a conservative reformer. I’m not here to tell you that I know what all of his positions and policies are.
“I do think that he’s better than Hillary,” Jindal continued, referring to Trump’s Democratic opponent.
The student who had asked him the question had said he was an undecided voter between Clinton and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. But though Jindal said he believed Johnson should have a chance to debate at Hofstra, he said he saw the election as a “binary choice.”
While explaining the logic for his choice, Jindal adopted the same rhetoric several high-profile national Republican figures have said in recent months as they weighed concerns about their party’s nominee with the prospect of a Clinton presidency. Trump, said Jindal, was more likely to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices, repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and be stronger on national security.
However, he continued, “I’d much rather be voting for somebody. That’s a much better position to be in. I always tell people it’s much better to not have to go vote against somebody.
“I think there’s going to be millions of voters this year very unhappy with their choices,” Jindal said.