Jindal supports ‘lesser of two evils’ in upcoming election, speaking at Hofstra
By Mike Rudin, Danielle Agoglia and Khadijah Duncan
With the first 2016 presidential debate coming soon to Hofstra University, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited the campus in Hempstead, N.Y. for a public speaking event and publicly said he’s backing up the Republican nominee (Donald J. Trump) despite criticizing him in the past.
“I didn’t wake up today to tell you that Donald Trump is the best thing since sliced bread,” Jindal said during a Q&A segment with students. “I do think he’s better than Hillary [Clinton] and I think realistically one of the two of them will President of the United States.”
Jindal was elected governor from 2008–2016 and initially entered the presidential race along with 16 other republican candidates in pursuit of the nomination until he dropped out. During his time in the presidential race, Jindal called Trump a “narcissist and an egomaniac.”
Hofstra political science professor David Green elaborated how Trump won the nomination because of high dissatisfaction within the public the pertaining to the current state of the republican politics.
“A lot of republicans have to make a difficult choice between party loyalty on one hand and the perception that Donald Trump is a dangerous figure for the country,” Green said about the divide in the republican party. “I think most people are falling in line [with Trump] at the moment but a lot of them seem to be doing so reluctantly.”
Jindal was also the first of three republican candidates that dropped out of the presidential race. He then supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio until he dropped out as well and stated he’d side with his political party.
“I don’t think he really had much of a chance,” Green said about Jindal. “I [also] don’t think he could’ve won a third term [as governor of Louisiana] if he had run for it.”
The 45-year-old former governor was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His parents were Indian immigrants that moved to the U.S.in pursuit of the American Dream.
After hearing the former governor’s discussion, Hofstra senior and republican affiliate Matt Whitman, 22, agrees in Jindal’s reasoning.
“I’m not a 100 percent for Trump either but the way I see it right now it’s the best option,” Whitman said.
Hofstra will host the first presidential debate at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Sept. 26.