State Senator Lyle Hillyard had a favorite candidate in the Republican Presidential race and he was Senator Marco Rubio. Hillayrd says now that Donald Trump is the party’s official nominee, with a majority of the Republican Party’s delegates, that it’s time to get behind Trump. That is what he plans to do now.
The chairman of Cache County’s Republican Party has also said something he hoped he would never have to say. Boyd Pugmire says he has decided he will be supporting Trump in the presidential election.
Trump sealed his delegate majority Thursday by claiming a small number of the party’s unbound delegates who told The Associated Press they would support him at the national convention in July.
Pugmire says it looks like he has no choice but to support him.
“As much as I dislike Donald Trump,” Pugmire says, haltingly, “he is still much better than the alternative. From that I will be supporting him if he is truly the nominee after the convention.”
Pugmire says as much as he dislikes Trump he dislikes Hillary Clinton even more. One criticism of Trump is his lack of foreign relations experience. Hillyard points out that Obama lacked that as well before he got elected.
“As I’ve said before, many people say if you’re Republican you accept what the Republicans do and the Democrats are bad,” Hillyard exclaims. “If you’re a Democrat it’s just visa versa.
“I don’t think a Democrat can look back at Trump and say ‘he’s lousy and we don’t need him as president’, and not, at the same time, acknowledge that Hillary Clinton has some serious problems with her candidacy.”
Hillyard says the U.S. Supreme Court is an important issue for him and he would rather see Trump than Hillary Clinton leading those discussions. Besides, Hillyard says, Clinton could be having problems with her e-mail investigation throughout the election cycle.
Pugmire was hoping Republicans would come up with another candidate but he says it is too late now to hope for that.