South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz have announced that they will be voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump, while simultaneously serving up a serious back-hand to Trump for his troublesome antics.
While Chaffetz made it clear that his announcement to vote to for the real estate mogul was "not an endorsement" of Trump, Haley opted to merely slam the Republican's personality while declaring that she made the especially difficult choice to pull the lever for him come November.
Chaffetz unendorsed the nominee just three weeks ago, after the Access Hollywood "locker-room" talk video was released. But he's now changed his mind, sort of.
On Thursday, Chaffetz said via Twitter that he will vote for Trump on November 8, void of an endorsement. The congressman vocalized what many reluctant Trump voters are feeling this election cycle: Hillary Clinton "is that bad" and that Trump is the seeming only option to try to stop her. Of course, as the House’s government oversight committee chairman, Chaffetz undoubtedly knows the horrors of Hillary first-hand.
“I will not defend or endorse [Donald Trump], but I am voting for him," wrote the representative. "[Hillary Clinton] is that bad. HRC is bad for the USA."
Haley made a similar argument. While acknowledging how much she is opposed to Trump's "personality," she says this election has to be about "policy." Haley, who has been the recipient of personal insults from Trump, admits that this will not be "an easy vote."
“What I will tell you is that this is no longer a choice for me on personalities because I’m not a fan of either one…What it is about is policy," stated Haley.
Back in January, the governor gave a response address to Obama's State of the Union speech, in which she indirectly scolded Trump for his rhetoric surrounding immigration. Haley would later endorse Florida Senator Marco Rubio and call out Trump for withholding his tax returns.
Trump, of course, blasted Haley in TV interviews and via Twitter, his favorite medium.
"The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!" wrote Trump, back in March.
Haley is apparently looking past the mess in an attempt to stop Hillary.
Other GOP members have played the back-and-forth game with Trump as well, most notably Texas Senator Ted Cruz. After his non-endorsement of Trump at the Republican National Convention to the sound of uproarious boos, Cruz endorsed Trump in September.