Nebraska 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry appeared on The Wheels Down Politics Show, and made it clear that he will not be joining a third party movement against Donald Trump.
When Fortenberry was asked whether he would support Trump as the GOP nominee, Fortenberry responded:
“I cannot in good conscience do anything that would empower Hillary Clinton as President. Let me put it that way.”
Fortenberry’s position differs from that of Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who has said that not only would he not support Trump as the GOP nominee, but may seek out a third party candidate if that were the case.
Fortenberry was an early supporter of Carly Fiorina’s Presidential run and campaigned for her in Iowa. Since then, he has not specifically endorsed any of the remaining candidates.
“I will tell you that I thought Marco Rubio did a nice job when he came to Nebraska,” said Fortenberry. “I would incline more towards his framework, if you will. There’s some hawkishness on foreign policy that I think needs to be rounded out.”
As far as Trump goes, Fortenberry was somewhat reserved.
Like so many people, I’m conflicted.
I have felt like Donald Trump’s past life, as well as some of his current statements that drift into vulgarity are offensive to many people and offensive to me.
Yet what he has done is successfully leverage this deep anxiety in America with short simple declarative statements about what he is going to do. People want clear answers — even though his policy specifics are lacking — they want clear answers and strong character and are willing to overlook the dynamics of his personal life in the past as well as his non-specifics.
Fortenberry also noted what he feels is another dynamic in Trump’s rise.
So many people feel like their perspective has been just repressed by the politically correct environments in which we live.
That they can’t give an opinion, they can’t say something that might be a little bit out of bounds or they will be attacked by media or education establishment or the current administration, if you will, because it doesn’t fit those narratives.
I think that inability for Americans to be a little more freewheeling, a little more expressive, has actually helped Donald Trump because that is exactly what he exemplifies.
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