Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said on Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump despite once comparing the GOP nominee to Benito Mussolini and calling on Trump to drop out of the race following the release of a 2005 tape with vulgar comments from the nominee.
“These other candidates, they’re just not going to win,” Stewart told St. George News. “Given that choice, it’s very clear to me what is better for our country. It is very clear that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton.
He said that a vote for any candidate other than Trump is a vote for Clinton. Stewart also acknowledged his past criticism of Trump, but said that he ultimately supports the Republican nominee.
“At that time I was so disappointed in Trump that I did ask him to step down, and I did think that Mike Pence should be our leader. But, you know, that didn’t happen, and Mr. Trump is still the nominee,” he said, referring to his statement calling on Trump to step aside over his comments on the 2005 tape.
Stewart also compared Trump to Mussolini in March, telling students at the University of Utah that Trump “does not represent Republican ideals.”
Stewart joins several other Republican lawmakers who called on Trump to drop out over the 2005 tape but who have since said they will vote for him.