Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Wednesday that despite his comments earlier in the month, he was going to cast his ballot for Donald Trump.
“I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him,” Chaffetz tweeted. “HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA.”
Chaffetz was one of the most prominent Republicans to turn on Trump after the Access Hollywood tape dropped in early October.
“I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president,” Chaffetz said at the time.
“My wife, Julia and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter,” Chaffetz said in an interview with CNN shortly after the tape became public. “Do you think I can look her in the eye and tell her that I endorsed Donald Trump for president when he acts like this and his apology? That was no apology, that was an apology for getting caught. So I’m not going to put my good name and reputation and my family behind Donald Trump when he acts like this, I just can’t do it.”
Even at the time, Chaffetz made it clear that he would not vote for Clinton. But with some polls showing that Trump could lose Utah to independent conservative Evan McMullin – a disaster that would spell doom for Trump’s path to 270 – the House Oversight chairman felt compelled to set the record straight.
“One thing that unites Republicans — and we are a Republican state — is distaste for Hillary Clinton,” Chaffetz told The Washington Post this week. “I’ve said what I’ve said. Look, I originally endorsed Marco. If my endorsement meant anything, Mitt Romney would be president. I endorsed Mitt Romney. That didn’t happen. I endorsed Marco Rubio. That didn’t happen. I endorsed Trump, then I withdrew my endorsement. So I’m done telling people who to vote for.”
It’s both hilarious and sad to watch these Republicans try to calculate their stance on Trump. Say what you will about the so-called NeverTrump crowd, but at least they are firm in their convictions. Their convictions are misguided and unfortunate, but you can at least respect the backbone it takes to make a stand. These Republicans who support Trump one day, disavow him the next, and then support him a week later are ridiculous. They’re not interested in what’s best for the country; they’re only trying to figure out what’s best for their own careers.
Chaffetz isn’t a bad guy, and he’s an important part of the Republican Party, but come on, dude. Pick a side, already.