Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was one of the harshest critics against bloviating billionaire Donald Trump during the GOP presidential primary race, lampooning the New York liberal by comparing his clownish “winning” campaign rhetoric to the famously weird drug-induced rant of actor Charlie Sheen.
All the way back to September of last year, Bobby Jindal labeled Donald Trump as “a narcissist,” an “egomaniac,” and his campaign as a “carnival act.”
“Donald Trump is not a serious candidate,” Jindal told reporters at the National Press Club in September. “He’s a narcissist. He’s an egomaniac. The only thing he believes in is himself. The reality is that I want to say what everybody is thinking about Donald Trump but afraid to say,” Jindal said.
My how quickly things change. Now that Donald Trump is now the “presumptive” GOP presidential nominee and every other of the 16 candidates have suspended their respective campaigns, Jindal is now very reluctantly admitting that he will support Trump, or at least that he will vote for him, but stopped short of a full endorsement.
Jindal revealed that his opinion of Trump has not changed, that he has not had some kind of epiphany or change of heart over Trump and he is not retracting or apologizing for his earlier sharp criticism of Trump but is simply of the opinion that the only thing worse that electing Trump would be electing Hillary Clinton.
“I think electing Donald Trump would be the second-worst thing we could do this November, better only than electing Hillary Clinton to serve as the third term for the Obama administration’s radical policies,” Jindal wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday.
Jindal wrote that Donald Trump is hardly the “Reaganesque leader we desperately need, but he is certainly the better of two bad choices.”
After dropping out of the race, Jindal endorsed Marco Rubio in February. After Rubio suspended his campaign, Jindal sat on the sidelines.