A House Republican who once compared Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE to a fascist dictator and called on him to step aside now plans to vote for the GOP presidential nominee.
Rep. Chris StewartChris StewartTwo coaches charged with murder in basketball player's death after practice New mask guidelines trigger backlash It's time to call the 'Ghost Army' what they are: Heroes MORE (R-Utah) said Trump is still preferable to Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE.
"It is very clear that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton," Stewart said in a video posted by St. George News. "At the end of the day I will be voting for Donald Trump."
He explained that a vote for any candidate apart from Trump would help hand the election to Clinton.
Independent candidate Evan McMullin is polling close to Clinton and Trump in Utah, making the normally reliable GOP state into a late-in-the-game battleground.
"These other candidates are just not going to win," Stewart said. "Given that choice, it's very clear to me what is better for our country. It is very clear that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton."
Stewart’s stance is a reversal from earlier this month, when he called on Trump to step aside and allow vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence'Justice for J6' organizer calls on demonstrators to respect law enforcement Ethics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report MORE to stand at the top of the ticket instead. Many Republicans disavowed Trump after the public release of a 2005 recording in which Trump brags about using his celebrity to get away with touching women without their consent.
"Unlike the Democrats who have proven completely unwilling to hold Secretary Clinton accountable for her illegal activities that endangered our national security, I am willing to hold Mr. Trump accountable. I am therefore calling for him to step aside and to allow Mike Pence to lead our party,” Stewart said in a statement a few weeks ago.
Since then, many of those same Republicans — Stewart included — have announced they will vote for Trump after all.
Fellow Utah Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE, the House Oversight Committee chairman, also said Wednesday he would vote for Trump, despite declaring hours after the tape’s release that he could “no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.”
Stewart had been critical of Trump even before the tape’s release.
In March, he told University of Utah students that Trump is “our Mussolini,” the World War II-era Italian dictator.