GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz Flip-Flops On His Flip-Flop

ABC News reports:

Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz, who hails from the newly-minted toss-up state of Utah, seemingly has had a change of heart: He now says he will indeed vote for Donald Trump. “I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him. HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA,” Chaffetz tweeted Wednesday night.

But earlier this month — after audio of Trump bragging to former “Acccess Hollywood” host Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women was leaked — Chaffetz told ABC News Radio, “I don’t plan on voting for Donald Trump … this is quite the quandary what the nation’s going to have to figure out.”

And during another interview with ABC News after the audio’s release, Chaffetz said, “I’m out, I can’t support Trump after his lewd comments.” When contacted by ABC News Wednesday night, Chaffetz declined to elaborate on his latest tweet, saying, “hopefully it speaks for itself.”

  • Gustav2

    I’m going to call the JFK presidential library and nominate him for The Profiles in Courage Award!

    • crewman

      They keep a box of those next to the Profiles in Sarcasm Award.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Is he still eligible for the Darwin Award?

      • David F.

        He’s already reproduced. Hopefully his daughter inherited most of her mother’s genes.

  • Blake Jordan

    HRC is just that bad… because she does not put the 1% above all else, and then christianist hypocrisy follows…
    The Constitution and individuals be damned!!!

    • Gustav2

      He not a Christianist, he’s a Mormonist!

      • Blake Jordan

        Moronism also involves Jesus, so they are part of christianist scum sect!!!

  • bkmn

    Chaffetz wants to be Speaker very badly. So badly that he can betray his own daughter.

    • Reality.Bites

      And years from now he can proudly tell her, “But at least I didn’t touch you inappropriately like Trump would have.”

      • TampaDink

        Hopefully he’ll also be able to boast….”and I never introduced you to don the con”, just to prove how much respect that I have for you. (Of course if the orange menace him to introduce him to his 15 yr. old daughter, he’d feel obligated to make that happen….out of deep respect for his party.)

  • Bill Post

    He’s like a 7 year old at a candy store except ths 7 year old is more mature.

  • Michael Smith

    When the “Death of the Republican Party” book is inevitably written, I hope they dedicate an entire chapter to describe how spineless they were when the time came to stand up to Trump.

    • skyweaver

      I agree. Even the ones who’ve pulled their support took far too long and looked way far too uncomfortable and queasy when they did it.

      • IamM

        And the willful inversion of logic, duty, morals.

        Like her or not, Clinton is definitely not bad enough that any sane person would rather take a chance on an ignorant, narcissistic rage monster like Trump as president. Trump on the other hand is bad enough and dangerous enough to justify voting for almost anyone else.

        • Bruno

          There are a hell of a lot of insane people in this country. A fair amount on the left and a multitude on the right.

  • Treant

    Can we hook him up to a generator and get some electricity out of all the flip-flops?

    • KarenAtFOH

      He is obviously astable.

  • crewman

    Too bad there’s not another convention or debate. The more the public sees Hillary contrasted directly with Trump in an arena the right-wing sleaze media can’t control, the more her poll numbers sky rocket and Trump’s plummet.

    • teeveedub

      I don’t know if the general public could stand another debate. There was a collective sigh of relief heard across the country when the last one ended.

    • kaydenpat

      I wouldn’t want to put Secretary Clinton through another debate with that Clown. Three were more than enough for the American public to see that Trump is an unqualified candidate.

  • tim870

    I’m sure his daughter will be thrilled to know that her father was “the pussy” in the Pussygate Scandal of 2016.

  • KarenAtFOH

    Chaffetz needs to view Olbermann’s video #30 about 100 times and either vote for Hillary or deport himself to Antarctica.

    • TrollopeReader

      I’d feel bad for Antarctica if that happens.

    • b

      He is actually very like Trump. All you have to do is look at they eyes. They all have the scary, sick, squinty, lifeless, small eyes. David Duke, Tony Perkins — they all have them.

      • Westcoast88

        How does he keep getting reelected?
        He is scum.

        • samcollins

          I feel the same way about McCain; and now, unfortunately, probably McSally. (GOD!!!! I hate her commercials!!!!)

        • B Snow

          A nasty little rat (apologies to rats) who wants to keep investigating Hillary over and over and over despite not finding anything to pin on her, ever. He’s happy to waste taxpayer dollars on partisan whining.

          • RJ Bone

            He probably asked her to the prom and she said no.

          • B Snow

            LOL!

  • Todd20036

    Bull Fucking Shit.

    Anyone who votes for Trump endorses him. Period.

    They can claim they don’t. They can put it in an ad that they don’t.

    But all any political opponent has to do is say, “Chaffetz voted for Trump. No matter what he claims about his distaste for him, HE VOTED FOR TRUMP.”

    • KarenAtFOH

      It is also a vote for the end of free governance as we know it.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Kinda like “you’re good enough to bang every night, but really don’t want to be seen in pubic together.”

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    • teeveedub

      Agreed. What these tightrope-walking wafflers don’t understand is that the political consequences for them will be identical, whether they endorse or whether they vote for but don’t endorse. And, if anything, the flip-flopping will come back to bite him as badly or worse than the Trump endorsement itself. #MormonMafia

    • kaydenpat

      I wish it would come back to haunt them but some of them live in such red states that it won’t make ay difference.

      • TampaDink

        True. Red states will glow from the nuclear fallout just as much as blue states will.

        • Acronym Jim

          Actually, many of them will glow more since it’s the emptiest areas of the country that house the greatest concentrations of missiles and are, therefore, primary targets.

          But thanks to that fallout, we would all be floating in a sewer of radiation.

          • TampaDink

            Good point. I hadn’t taken our missile sites into consideration.

  • PickyPecker
    • karmanot

      OhMyGawd, how perfect! Flip-flopping in 2-D is even more shallow.

  • Blake Jordan

    The time for doing everything above board is over…

    Pres. H Clinton should establish a secret task force to investigate all rethuglican congressman, because chances are most of them have some seriously dodgy shit to hide…
    Then use that information to convince them to do their jobs in the senate and house!!!

  • Uncle Mark

    Well, now it’s on the record that he supported Hillary when he gets an opponent that accuses him of hating women, and he’s also on record for supporting Trump if his opponent calls him out for not supporting his party. Who knew that the GOP elephant was actually an invertebrate?

  • skyweaver

    You’re hitching your wagon to the wrong star, friend. A vote for Trump is going to hang around your head forever. Sort of like the “did you vote for the Iraq War” was after enough time of Dubya in office

  • David Walker

    Almost every honorable politician has his price. I wonder what non-taxable gift he was offered. And while I don’t care about him one way or the other, I do wonder if he understands that Drumpf tends not to pay his debts.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s not so much selling out as an example of the longstanding problem in the Republican party. The politicians, being politicians, are venal and corrupt in the end, and sold out before they were elected.

      However the party’s base is batshit crazy insane. And the moneyed interests don’t know what the fuck to do about it. Never have. All Trump does is bring it to a head.

      It’s clear that the moneyed interests do not and never did care about hot button social issues. There’s no money in it.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Robincho

      A de facto declaration of endorsement of a de fucto candidate…

  • “I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Communist Party. But my wife bought me a lifetime membership and I always vote Communist Party.”

  • Robert Adams

    Well, it’s good to see someone who has the courage of their convictions.

    I’m not talking this wimp, I’m talking about John Kasich.

    • jimbo65

      Funny that. I don’t like Kasich. But he has truly stuck to his guns on Trump. Not like some other bitches in the GOP.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Endorsing Trump does not put him in office. It has no real power. Voting for Trump is the closest any individual citizen comes to direct action putting him in office. It’s worse than endorsing him.

  • Thorn Spike

    Quite the quandary? Only when you have no moral compass.

  • Gustav2
    • kaydenpat

      Note to self: carefully check what’s on your next salad.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Perfect!

  • Bj Lincoln

    You vote for who you think will make the best President. Your endorsement means nothing.
    I wish Madam President would call for an all out investigation of this ass! How well would he stand up under the kind of pressure and interrogation he has and claims to want to put her through.

    • The_Wretched

      Chaffetz is the FEDHOUSE attack dog now that Goudy imploded. It’s a special role.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I am aware she is not in the position to do anything about this attack dog. I just wish she could. He is openly gunning for her and it seems there is nothing she can do to stop his crazy shit.

        • karmanot

          She could toss him a poisoned hotdog at tax time.

  • Blake Jordan
  • Ninja0980

    What a spineless gutless weasel.

  • Hank

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz : One of THE MOST OBNOXIOUS/DETESTABLE Rethuglicans ever to be in the House of Rep. I honestly, thought, that he had finally grown some “balls” when he refused to back Hair Drumpf!!!! I should have known, that a HYPOCRITE like him, NEVER CHANGES!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7d360fe96338767b050cb8e43c32b024947b9cb317b4ca88947abd405787451.jpg

  • JellyDonut

    Guess trump grabbed him too

    • Hank

      And THEY loved it!!!

  • Gerry Fisher

    ALL of these spineless wonders are COUNTING on the rest of us to stop Trump as they position themselves for maximum benefit during the fallout after the election. It’s crass. It’s dangerous. It’s cowardly and selfish. I’m going to have to stop reading the news soon this morning, because I’m getting too pissed off. [grumble, grumble, grumble]

  • Friday

    “This is not an endorsement, I’m just telling you to vote for him anyway. Cause I’m in my own psychological double bind.”

    • IamM

      Basically.

  • Secure

    Sounds like the pressure is mounting in Utah. I bet heads are exploding. I can’t wait to see what happens there on Election Day.

  • JT

    GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz Flip-Flops On His Flip-Flop

    Proving that a real douche can’t stay away from the bottom for long.

  • David F.

    This was the prevailing sentiment on Twitter last night. Lot of the comments looked like mine. https://mobile.twitter.com/MagyarBear/status/791479490199236609

    • TrollopeReader

      yep. pretty much what i tweeted last night. except i might have called him an asshole.

  • Halloween_Jack

    The frenetic two-step of these assholes who keep trying to play to both sides is its own form of entertainment.

  • Richard B

    When the election is finally over with and Hillary is our new POTUS, we all owe Donald Trump our gratitude for blowing to smithereens the GOP as we once knew it.

    • TampaDink

      You go right ahead. I owe don the con nothing. The voters who allowed him to rise to become their party nominee are the ones to credit/blame. 😉

  • TrollopeReader

    Yes, JasonInTheHouse … it does “speak for itself” … it shows you as a ballsless toady to all that is bad in your party — no principle, no honesty, no love of nation ….

  • ultragreen

    In other words, Jason Chaffetz has no real moral values, which is something we already knew.

  • EweTaw

    It’s the end times here in the big beehive hairdo state. Brothers are warring with brothers. Mother’s milk has soured. The Great Salt Lake has turned red. Sadly, Jason Chaffetz will win his seat because Satan works in mysterious ways and wants him to continue to piss us off by trying to sell off public lands to private interest because America! It would be delicious to see him lose (and Mike Lee, too) but he won’t.

  • GayOldLady

    “I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump, but I am voting for him”……… but your vote for Trump is an endorsement Mr. Chaffetz/Idiot. Why don’t you just not vote Mr.Chaffetz, or vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, that is an option!

  • Ernest Endevor

    He’s publicly declared war on the Clinton administration already. According to him he has two congressional investigations ready to go and is looking to add more.

  • jimbo65

    The cynic in me is thinking this was all calculated. Notice the nationwide ads tying down ballot GOP to Trump. It’s getting too late to put together one of those ads against Chaffetz. So he gets away from getting linked to Trump.

  • joe ho

    I hope Hillary has the political skill to focus public outrage right away on Chaffetz and the GOP if they start doing their scorched-earth obstructionism again. Obama was too timid.

    • Herald

      That hope is one of the big reasons I support her. She better bring the hammer down on them hard. I am sure her oppo research team can find many skeletons in the Repub closet.

  • Herald

    This is the evil one who plans on years of hearing investigating Hillary and salivates at the idea of impeaching her.

  • karmanot

    Chaffetz is just another loud mouth wannabe, hypocrite congressional thug. NEXT!…………

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    It appears Jason Chaffetz has a broken moral compass.

  • marshlc

    Care to explain the difference between voting for someone and endorsing him?
    ‘Cause I don’t see one.

    And neither will your voters – if you think this gets you off a hook, dream on.

  • Dagoril

    Oh, the Mormon Mafia’s not going to like this. Not one bit. They’ve ordered everyone to vote for McMuffin!

    • Rillion

      He will likely vote for McMuffin. He just has to pretend he voted for Trump so all the Trump crazies don’t come after him. A lot of the Republicans that denounced Trump are discovering what we’ve know for a while, the Republican base is crazy.

  • FAEN

    Whatever-voting for Trump is the ultimate endorsement you hypocritical asshole.

  • Boy Elvis
  • Ray

    A vote for = endorsement, you fucking tool.

  • “I will not defend or endorse @realDonaldTrump…”

    Okay. Let’s see where you go with this, Sparky.

    …but I am voting for him.”

    Chaffetz contradicts himself immediately by saying he is supporting Donald Trump to win the election. Why? Because VOTE = SUPPORT.

    “HRC is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA.”

    And this is an endorsement for Trump, by claiming Clinton is horrible and worse for America than Trump. So he’s implying everybody should vote Trump instead.

  • JCF
  • Orly

    Oh, this is hardly a surprise. I am assuming that all the republicans who said they would not vote for trump, actually will.

  • RJ Bone

    Little weasel. I wish someone would throw him under a bus, already 😛