Donald Trump is shallow, insecure and weak. He’s an unserious and unstable narcissist. Has no understanding of policy. He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn. He clearly hasn’t read the Bible, because he’s not in it.
That’s not my take on the now-presumed Republican presidential nominee, although I can’t say I disagree with a word of it.
They’re the words, more or less verbatim, of Bobby Jindal from September 2015, back when the outgoing Louisiana governor still hoped he’d be the one to put an end to Trump’s astonishing run.
This week, Jindal added a new label to his long list: He called Trump his choice for president this fall.
Jindal didn’t technically endorse Trump in a CNN appearance, although most lay people would consider that a matter of semantics. Nor did he vouch for his promise as an advocate of the policies he and other conservatives espouse.
“I don’t think he’s a conservative at heart,” Jindal said. “I don’t think he’s opposed to big government. I think he just wants to be the one running big government.”
But while “I don’t think it’s a great set of choices,” Jindal insisted that Trump would be a better option than Hillary Clinton.
He even served up a rationale that’s based on a certain clear logic; Jindal argued that there’s a “zero percent chance” that Clinton would appoint a conservative to the U.S. Supreme Court. Who knows how Trump would handle such appointment — or anything else, Jindal might have added.
But hey, “at least there’s a chance,” Jindal said. And that, it seems, is reason enough to risk installing a “carnival act” in the White House.
Again, just to be clear: Those are Jindal’s own words, not mine. Even if it looks like he’ll be spending the rest of this ugly campaign eating them.
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