Local GOP leaders upset with Trump’s comments, but still plan to vote for him

Several high ranking Republicans have either revoked their endorsement of Donald Trump or called for him to step down in the wake of his lewd, sexually-charged comments in a 2005 Access Hollywood video.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert, U.S. Representatives Mia Love and Jason Chaffetz, and U.S. Senator Mike Lee are in that category but not Utah Republican State Senator Lyle Hillyard.

The Logan native says he plans to vote for Trump mainly and absolutely because of the Supreme Court appointments he can make and has committed himself to restore the court back to interpreting the law and not making the law.

“I hear these terrible things about Trump. I’m disappointed in those,” Hillyard exclaims. “But I look at the things Hillary has done and she is not any better.

“So you look at both sides of the issues. The press is beating up Trump right now but what Hillary did when Bill Clinton did the things that he did, backing him up and attacking women, they are two peas in a pod as far as I’m concerned. And I’m concerned about who Hillary would appoint.”

Hillyard says there could be a real move to support a third person here in Utah, but he would hate to see Hillary win in Utah because of the votes being split. He says it is disappointing to hear Democrats attacking Trump but they haven’t seemed to turn on their own candidate in spite of the emails and other bad things she has done.

Meanwhile, Cache County Republican Party Chairman Boyd Pugmire has reversed his public support of Trump. Several weeks ago Pugmire endorsed Trump but this week Pugmire is calling that personal endorsement null and void. 

“I will most likely still vote for Donald Trump because I don’t feel he’s as bad a person as Hillary Clinton is,” Pugmire clarifies. “But I will not endorse him. I feel like by endorsing him I am condoning the statements he made.

“I think any parent, or any husband would be appalled by the things he was saying 11 years ago.”

Pugmire says when Republicans ask him how they should vote now, he is telling them to “vote your conscience and vote for the candidate who would most likely lead our country in the way we want it to go.”

He says, in his opinion, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has done things as bad or worse than Trump.

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