J.D. Vance, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, has been touting the fact that he recently received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Granted, that seems like the natural thing for nearly any member of the GOP to do in today’s fractured political climate on the right, but it’s also in direct opposition to something Vance said about Trump in 2016, according to HuffPost.
Vance’s onetime Yale Law School roommate, Democratic Georgia state Rep. Josh McLaurin, posted a 2016 Facebook message from Vance on Twitter to expose the “magnitude of this guy’s bad faith,” McLaurin tweeted.
According to the message, Vance bashed Trump as the “fruit” of the Republican Party’s “collective neglect” and added: “I go back and forth to thinking Trump is a cynical asshole like Nixon … or that he’s America’s Hitler. How’s that for discouraging?”
The screenshot below is @JDVance1’s unfiltered explanation from 2016 of the breakdown in Republican politics that he now personally is trying to exploit.
The “America’s Hitler” bit is at the end.
The public deserves to know the magnitude of this guy’s bad faith. pic.twitter.com/79Z0qSWFWF
— Josh McLaurin (@JoshforGeorgia) April 18, 2022
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow also remarked on Vance’s 180 degree swing from comparing Trump to one of the most evil men in history to accepting this endorsement from the failed ex-president:
“It is time for the entire MAGA movement … to unite behind J.D.’s campaign.”
Welcome to the world upside down, Maddow noted Monday evening on her show:
“I mean, we just saw the de facto leader of the Republican party, former president Donald Trump, give one of his coveted endorsements to a candidate named J.D. Vance, who is running for the United States Senate seat in Ohio this year. That endorsement from Trump was followed immediately, in no surprise, by Mr. Vance launching a huge TV ad campaign touting the Trump endorsement — bragging about how much he agrees with Trump, how close he is to Trump, how much Trump likes him.
“But then that of course was followed almost inevitably by a former roommate of Mr. Vance, sharing his text messages from 2016 in which Mr. Vance reportedly told people how he thought there was a pretty good chance that Donald Trump was going to be, quote, ‘America’s Hitler.”
So if Trump is Hitler and Vance is now proudly accepting his endorsement, what exactly does that make Vance?
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