Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal applauded Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “diagnosis” of the “political class” in Washington but called Trump an “egomaniacal madman” who could “destroy” the GOP’s chance to win the White House.
The Louisiana governor said he “likes the idea” of Donald Trump as a Washington outsider but argued that the real estate mogul is unstable.
“I like the idea of somebody willing to say the things you’re not supposed to say. I like the idea of somebody going after the D.C. political class. The reality is they are full of foolishness and nonsense. Donald Trump’s diagnosis is exactly right – the political class is the problem – the problem is Donald Trump’s prescription is exactly wrong,” Jindal said at the National Press Club in Washington today.
“His prescription is that he is the solution. Donald Trump is not the solution. The problem is that Donald Trump himself is full of foolishness and nonsense as well,” he added.
Jindal said Trump is afraid of being exposed.
“Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac – that may sound like a serious charge to make but it is something that everybody knows to be true, and he knows it too. He celebrates it,” he said. “He says Kanye West is great, why is Kanye West great? Because Kanye West loves Trump so therefore Kanye West is great. He is an entertaining narcissist, but he is still a narcissist.”
Jindal’s message for conservatives was that they have a golden opportunity to elect another Republican candidate that could win the White House.
“The Democrats have terribly screwed things up and are basically giving us the next election. If we blow this opportunity we may never get it again – the stakes are incredibly high,” he said. “Donald Trump is not a serious person. It’s all a solo act, it’s all just a show, and the joke is on us. He’s laughing all the way to the bank or to the polling location.”
Jindal said the Democratic Party is running the “worst possible candidate” who is running “the worst possible campaign.” He argued that nominating Trump would help the Democrats hold on to the White House.
“The whole thing is set up for us to win – and yet we are flirting with nominating a non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist,” Jindal said.
“If we nominate him, he will self-destruct in a massive way in a general election. He may be Hillary Clinton’s only hope,” he added.
Jindal claimed Trump does not believe in limited government and lacks substance as a candidate for president.
“It’s time to send Donald Trump back to reality TV – it’s time to tell Donald Trump – it’s been great, you’ve been great for ratings, you are almost as fun as Don Rickles, the show has been a blast,” Jindal said. “We can win right now or we can be the biggest fools of all time and put our faith not in our principles, but in one egomaniacal madman who has no principles.”