By Michael SnyderThe Washington Post”I’m not voting for Hillary,” he said.
“I don’t want to be associated with her.”
That was the sentiment he shared during the 2016 Democratic primary.
“I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life,” he added.
“And I have not voted for any Democrat in my lifetime.
I think I’d have a pretty hard time voting for a Democrat in a general election, but I’m not going to say that because of the way the media has portrayed me.”
A year later, his views on the 2016 election have changed.
He now backs Hillary Clinton.
“There’s a lot of people who have not come out of the woodwork and are saying they’ll vote for Hillary if I don’t vote for her, which is absurd,” he told The Huffington Post.
“If you’re not a Democrat, you’re a Democrat.
I’m a Democrat.”
Trump, meanwhile, said he’d never vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.
“What the hell are you talking about?” he asked in a video interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper last week.
“Why do you think I have to vote for that person?”
He also said he was not voting in a Republican primary because he didn’t believe the party could win a majority in the House.
“If I don.t, I’ll have a vote in a third party,” he explained.
Trump has been more explicit in his endorsement of Trump in the past year, saying in June that he was going to “vote for the man” over Clinton.
When Tapper asked Trump if he thought he’d win the election if he didn.t vote for Trump, Trump responded, “If I didn’t vote, I would have voted for the other guy.”
Trump has continued to endorse Trump in public.
He told CNN’s “New Day” last week that Trump “is a terrific candidate.”
He has also spoken in favor of the Republican nominee in interviews with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity and other conservative outlets.
But it’s not just the candidates who have taken a backseat to Trump.
In his interview with the HuffPost, Trump said he would support Clinton if he was the Democratic nominee, but only if she was the first female president.
“No, I won’t support Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.
“She’s going to be a horrible president,” he continued.
“You know, you could say, well, she’s not my friend.
But if I’m the president, and I’m going to go down and win the general election against the person I’m backing, and if she’s the first woman president, I think that would be a very, very good thing.”
Trump’s support of Trump has also been questioned in the media.
A Washington Post article published last week, headlined “A White House in crisis,” said that Trump’s endorsement of the presumptive GOP nominee has caused friction within the administration.
The Post reported that some Trump advisers have privately expressed reservations about the president’s decision.
And the New York Times reported in June last year that the president was upset with the way he was portrayed by some outlets, including Fox News and the Washington Post.
Trump’s endorsement has also led to some criticism from other Democrats, particularly on the left.
In the Huffington Post piece, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the Post that she was not surprised Trump would continue to support the presumptive nominee.
“The president has always been a loyal, hardworking man who has always supported the party that represents him,” she said.
Sanders also said she was proud of Trump’s efforts to work with Democratic leaders on health care.
She also noted that Trump has repeatedly criticized the media, including the Post.
“When he sees that they’re using his name, he’s gonna take it seriously,” Sanders said.