The conservative establishment is dead and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump killed it, according to former Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
On March 16, Jindal appeared on MSNBC to discuss the state of the 2016 presidential election. Having dropped out of the GOP primary himself in November 2015, Jindal stated that Trump had all but destroyed the Republican party.
“The GOP establishment is done for, and I think this race shows that,” Jindal said, according to the Washington Examiner.
The former governor added that he does not believe Trump is actually a conservative.
In September 2015, Jindal described the business mogul as “an unserious and unstable narcissist,” according to The Washington Post.
“[Trump] is shallow [and] has no understanding of policy,” Jindal said. “He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn.”
Jindal also questioned Trump’s religion, adding: “He couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him, and we all know why: because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it.”
When Jindal dropped out of the presidential race, Trump told CNN: “Well, he was a little nasty with me, but I think ultimately [he] was very nice and he tried.”
Cut to four months later, and Trump has emerged the front-runner of the GOP primary. Jindal expressed amazement that a candidate whom he considers a fraud would win the lion’s share of conservative voter support.
Jindal added that, despite his dislike of Trump, Republican leadership should think twice about wresting the nomination from the business mogul in a contested convention scenario.
“I think this idea of ignoring the will of the party -- the party leaders go behind closed doors and come up with a new -- it makes for a great fiction novel, but it’s exactly what’s wrong with the GOP establishment,” Jindal said.
“It ignores what voters are telling them. If this wasn’t Donald Trump, if this were any other candidate, we wouldn’t be talking about this.”
Jindal had endorsed Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for the GOP nomination. He has not thrown his support behind a new candidate following Rubio’s departure from the race.
“I’m going to defer to the will of the voters,” Jindal said.