Jindal: Trump the 'better of two bad choices'
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Bobby Jindal said in an op-ed that he is planning to vote for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE because the "stakes for my country, not merely my party, are simply too high."

"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 piece published Sunday in The Wall Street Journal, titled "I'm voting Trump, warts and all."


"I am not pretending that Mr. Trump has suddenly become a conservative champion or even a reliable Republican: He is completely unpredictable. The problem is that Hillary is predictably liberal."

The former Louisiana governor, who also ran for president this cycle, said he was one of the earliest and loudest critics of the presumptive nominee.

He noted that the next president will make an important appointment to the Supreme Court, adding Clinton would "certainly" appoint a bad justice. He also said the next president will decide what to do about ObamaCare and whether to renew executive orders made by President Obama.

"I do not pretend Donald Trump is the Reaganesque leader we so desperately need, but he is certainly the better of two bad choices," he wrote.

"Hardly an inspiring slogan, I know. It would be better to vote for a candidate rather than simply against one. If current trends hold, I will be among the many complaining this fall about my choices."

He said the media is ready to reward Republicans who "do the 'right thing'" and endorse the Democratic front-runner — but that won't be his path.

"Count me out," he wrote.

Jindal last week said if Trump is the nominee, he'd be voting for him, although the front-runner is by no means his first choice.