nach JD Vancepast reviews of Donald trump began to threaten his position among the Conservatives last week, the Hillbilly Elegy The author-turned-Republican Senate candidate turned to the former president’s favorite network to apologize. “Like many people, I criticized Trump in 2016,” Vance lamented on a Monday. appearance on Fox News. “And I ask people not to judge me for what I said in 2016, because I have been very open about the fact that I said those critical things and I regret it, and I regret that I was wrong with the guy.” Vance’s anti-Trump tweets, which had been deleted, were resurfaced by CNN just as he officially launched his campaign for the Ohio seat that the Republican senator Rob portman he will vacate at the end of his term next year.
His comments dating back to 2016 and 2017 included him referring to Trump as “reprehensible”, support for Presidential candidate “Never Trump” Evan McMullin, and apparently responding to the Access Hollywood tweeting scandal: “Fellow Christians, everyone is staring at us when we apologize for this man. Lord help us. “In an October 2016 tweet, Vance also wrote:” Trump makes the people I care about fearful. Immigrants, Muslims, etc. So I find him reprehensible. God wants the best of us. ” During Trump’s first months in office, Vance continued his condemnation of the new president, writing: “In 4 years, I hope people will remember that it was those of us who sympathized with Trump’s voters who fought him most aggressively. “.
However, on Monday, Vance tried to reassure Fox News viewers that he had completed a 180-degree turn in all things Trump. “He was a good president. I think he made a lot of good decisions for people, and I think he got a lot of criticism, ”said the best-selling author. One of Vance’s potential competitors in the 2022 Ohio race is already capitalizing on his sea change, as a Democratic congressman. Tim ryan indicated, “[Vance] and I have exactly one thing in common: none of us voted for Donald Trump. “In an attempt to hold” hypocritical “Vance accountable for the opportunistic pivot, The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis, to anti-trump conservative columnist, reviewed a conversation the couple had five years ago, during which Vance said he’s not a Trump supporter because “[Trump] is the crudest expression of a massive finger pointing at other people “and gives the white working class” an excuse not to look inward. [and] not to ask difficult questions about themselves and their communities. “
Vance has drawn strong backing from at least one Trump supporter with deep pockets. In March, the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter thiel reportedly donated $ 10 million to a super PAC pushing Vance to run for Senate. Vance’s super PAC Protect Ohio Values has also picked up a “significant contribution“From the Mercer family. The Mercers Trump’s presidential candidacy strongly supported in 2016, and Robert Mercer supposedly funded the popular pro-Trump Breitbart News. On July 2, Vance showed up on Breitbart News Daily to promote his campaign and told the right wing: “What I really hate about what the left is doing right now is … they are trying to make us hate our history.”
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