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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jindal Hedges On Whether He’ll Vote For Trump: ‘We’re Not Gonna Let Him Win The Nomination’

Jindal Hedges On Whether He’ll Vote For Trump: ‘We’re Not Gonna Let Him Win The Nomination’

Bobby Jindal is the latest among the bottom-tier Republican candidates to try to elevate his profile by charging against Donald Trump, calling him utterly unfit to lead the Republican Party or become president. But he’s having trouble answering a pretty basic question.

Jindal delivered a blistering speech Thursday at the National Press Club, in which he laid into Trump with such epithets as “non-serious,” “a carnival act,” “shallow,” “full of bluster,” and “an egomaniacal, unserious person” who has no policy ideas or even (based on Trump’s past political positions) any conservative principles.

In an interview with CNN, however, Wolf Blitzer pointed out that Jindal has signed the Republican National Committee’s pledge to support the eventual nominee. So after declaring that Trump is absolutely unfit to lead, would Jindal still support Trump if he were to become the nominee?

“Well, Wolf, that’s why I’m here today, to stop that from happening,” Jindal answered.

“We’ve got to stop that hypothetical from happening. He’s not a conservative. Not only is it dangerous that he could implode against Hillary — what’s even more dangerous is, what happens if he gets elected?” Jindal continued.

“People say, ‘Oh, it’s dangerous, you can’t have this madman near the nuclear codes.’ It’s not just that. What’s more dangerous is, here is — we’ve got a man, there’s no ideology, there’s no policy, there’s no intellectual curiosity. He’s only for himself. You know, he’s said his favorite book is the Bible — he couldn’t name one verse that he liked or had an impact on his life. Wolf, I don’t think he’s read the Bible, because he’s not in it.”

When Blitzer asked the question again, Jindal again responded: “I’m working hard to make sure he’s not the nominee.”

Blitzer then had to ask the question a third time — noting this time that Trump himself signed the RNC’s loyalty pledge, like all the other candidates including Jindal, and after much pressure and courting to do so from RNC chairman Reince Priebus. So, would Jindal support Trump to be President of the United States if the latter were to win the nomination?

“We’re not gonna let him win the nomination,” Jindal said. “That’s what this is about. This is about saying — this is bigger than the Republican Party, it’s about our country.”

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  • Daniel Jones

    I’ll answer; Jindal would totally lockstep behind Trump. Or Bush. Or any other Republican nominee.
    As for Trump’s principles, he has none at all.

    • plc97477

      He does have policies but I doubt the republicans would know what they are.

  • Otto Greif

    He should go back to Bangladesh.

    • FireBaron

      Otto, are you saying that because Jindal meets his own definition of “anchor baby”, or are you just being yourself?

  • Dominick Vila

    Unfortunately, for the GOP establishment, there is very little people like Jindal, Santorum, and half of the Republicans running for the nomination can do to stop Trump. Bush, Walker, Cruz, and even Huckabee, may still have a hot at winning the nomination, but it is starting to look like the GOP nomination is for Trump to lose. As for what those in single digits will do, you can bet they will all rally behind the victor, whomever he happens to be, hoping to be picked up as his running mate, or get a Cabinet post in the unlikely event of The Donald becoming President. As for Carly, I would say that Trump’s latest comment about her, after derogatory remarks about Rosie O’Donnell, overweight women, and Kelly Megyn, he will probably choose a guy as his running mate. Maybe our Canadian import, Senor Cruz (just joking, Rafael does not have a chance either, and neither does Jeb).

  • FireBaron

    Wow. The author actually categorized Bobby as a bottom tier candidate. I didn’t think he even ranked that high!
    Unfortunately for the GOP, Jindal’s comments will now allow THE DONALD to go back on the pledge he signed for “The Afterthought”, oh, sorry, I mean Reince Priebus (that name STILL doesn’t sound very American to me), about supporting the eventual nominee (which THE DONALD is still convinced will be him) and not running as a 3rd Party Candidate.
    He will take Jindal’s “We’re not gonna let him win the nomination,” and have his lawyers eviscerate the pledge he signed as null and void. That’ll start him on his 3rd party run, and kill JEB!’s chances for the nomination.

  • yabbed

    Jindal has a lot of problems in his nonsensical candidacy for the presidency but not the least of them is that while Trump looks and talks like an All American, Jindal does not and that is an issue with the white supremacy Republican Party.

  • FT66

    Who is Jindal to stop people’s will? If Jindal was polling at 32% and Trump at 1% and someone says: “we are not going to let Jindal win the nomination”. How would he love this? Talk about sour grapes.

  • sunjune

    I guess he is planning to impeach Donald Trump. Is that your plan Jindal?

  • Bob Eddy

    We arent goung to let it happen….just like we aren’t going to:
    Let Obama get re elected
    Let Obamacare pass
    Let the Iran nuclear deal take affect
    Allow marriage equality
    Let the stimulus package pass,…..

    Seems there a?re an awful lot of things Republicans were going to stop, doesn’t it?

  • RED

    What does Jindal mean when he says Trump hasn’t “read the Bible because he’s not in it? Is this more of Jindal’s sky fairy mythology or something? Or am I just not understanding his statement?

    • winnona

      It’s his referrence to Trump’s narcissism…if a publication is not about Trump, he’s not going to read it, lol.

    • plc97477

      I think that is jindal’s idea of an insult.

  • @HawaiianTater

    We all know WHY “they” don’t want him to win the nom. It’s because they can’t control him. The Republican establishment is only interested in puppets that they can control. Of course they hate Trump. He is destroying the entire Republican party and what little chance they had at winning the WH is now zero thanks to Trump.

    • plc97477

      I cringe at the idea of a trump presidency but am enjoying watching the republicans squirm. Finally someone they don’t own.

  • ralphkr

    But, Bobby Jindal, I am sure Trump reads the Bible because Trump appears all through the Bible. You just don’t understand that when Trump sees the word ‘God’, ‘Savior’, ‘Prophet’, etc. in the Bible that Trump recognizes the truth that those words are actually code for ‘Trump’.