At the start of October, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz made it clear â�� in no uncertain terms â�� he was done with Donald Trump, but now he's back on board with the Republican presidential nominee.
Just a few weeks ago, the highly influential Republican said he could no longer stand by Trump after the publication of 2005 audio of the billionaire businessman making explicit comments about women during a conversation with former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. In the clip, Trump said he could "do anything" to women because he's a celebrity, including "grab them by the p***y."
"Iâ��m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine," Chaffetz said at the time.
But with less than two weeks until Election Day, something has changed for the Utah lawmaker. Apparently, he's come to some realization about "how bad" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton really is.
I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA.— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 27, 2016
Naturally, the presidential flip-flop â�� now a common dance for Republicans wary of Trump â�� caught the attention of several social media users, who called Chaffetz out for his switch.
My best guess: Jason Chaffetz decided he could never be speaker if he didn't support the GOP nominee.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) October 27, 2016
You know, courage and such.
I understand Republicans like @jasoninthehouse lack personal principles and are living in terror. But, like, why can't they just keep quiet?— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 27, 2016
Jason Chaffetz, who said he couldnâ��t face his daughter if he endorsed Trump, now says heâ��s voting for him https://t.co/HGmZZQfzbA— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) October 27, 2016
.@jasoninthehouse Hillary Clinton isn't the reason people have lost faith in politics. it's because of cowards like YOU.— Marisa Kabas (@MarisaKabas) October 27, 2016
@jasoninthehouse you're a class A idiot.— daniel sieradski (@selfagency) October 27, 2016