Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) said on Tuesday that conservatives could only win in 2016 by abandoning GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE.
“Sane conservatives need to stop enabling him,” Jindal wrote in an op-ed published by CNN.
“They need to stop praising him, stop being afraid of him and stop treating him rationally,” he said.
“Conservatives need to say what we are thinking: Donald Trump is a madman who must be stopped,” added Jindal, himself a Republican White House hopeful.
Jindal argued that Trump is duping voters by seeking to present himself like former President Ronald Reagan on the campaign trail.
“Like a kid in a superhero costume, Trump compares himself to Ronald Reagan, wearing the Gipper’s slogan on his forehead as if he just thought of it,” he wrote, referencing Trump’s frequent insistence that he will “make America great again.”
“But whereas Reagan was a terrible entertainer and a great statesman, Trump is a great entertainer who would be a terrible statesman,” the Louisiana governor added.
Jindal also said that letting Trump become the Republican nominee would virtually guarantee a Democratic victory in the general election next year.
“The problem with Donald Trump is that he will never be president,” he asserted. “His nomination as the Republican candidate would gift the White House to Hillary Clinton.”Failure to speak out against Trump is an endorsement of Clinton.”
“If you want to stick it to the man so badly that you are willing to see Clinton win, vote for Trump,” Jindal added. “But if you want a politically conservative revolution, I’m the guy who can lead it.”
Jindal began assailing Trump’s campaign during a scathing address at the National Press Club in Washington last week.
Trump countered by stating that he only responds to “people that register more than 1 percent in the polls.”
Jindal ranks 14th out of 16prominent Republican White House hopefuls, with less than 1 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average..
Trump, in contrast, commands first place with the support of 29.8 percent of Republican voters nationwide.