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Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican congressman who initially endorsed Donald Trump and then withdrew his support after a leaked recording showed the GOP nominee making lewd comments about women, says he’ll vote for Trump anyway.
Chaffetz tweeted the update Wednesday evening:
“I will not defend or endorse Donald Trump, but I am voting for him. [Hillary Clinton] is that bad … is bad for the USA.”
Chaffetz appeared on Fox 13 in Salt Lake City the same night that the leaked recording of Trump was making the rounds and said, “I’m out. I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president.”
Speaking to the 2005 recording in which Trump explicitly suggested that women could be grabbed and manhandled at will, Chaffetz said, “It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine.”
Chaffetz, who represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, is one of a group of Republicans who grilled Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival, over her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. He is the chair of the House Oversight Committee.
When Chaffetz first pulled his endorsement of Trump, he said he had no plans to vote for Clinton.
Chaffetz also slammed Trump’s initial apology. The statement from the Manhattan billionaire’s campaign Friday afternoon simply expressed regret “if anyone was offended.”
“That was an apology for getting caught, that was not an apology for the behavior,” Chaffetz sniped in a subsequent CNN interview, adding that Trump’s argument that the lewd comments were equivalent to “locker room behavior” were unacceptable.
“I was a place kicker. I was in plenty of locker rooms. This is not locker-room talk,” he said.