Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says he will support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, though he distances himself from Trump.
Fortenberry had called for Trump to step aside in favor of vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Trump has refused. Fortenberry says he will continue to back the Republican ticket.
“I will do nothing that empowers Hillary Clinton,” Fortenberry tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “I’ve also said that I would vote for Donald Trump, but I’m not going to be associated with his unstudied remarks, his racially-tinged commentary, nor his bluster.”
Fortenberry says the 2005 video released prior to the second presidential debate disclosed a Donald Trump “celebrating the sexual assault of women.”
Fortenberry says he felt compelled to make a statement in wake of the video release.
“So, I determined that I would say three things. First of all, that Donald Trump has abused women, Hillary Clinton has enabled the abuse of women, that it’s all wrong,” Fortenberry says.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer made a similar decision, stating she was disgusted by Trump’s comments, but will back the Republican presidential ticket nonetheless.
Fortenberry claims there remains solid reasons to cast a vote for Donald Trump November 8th.
“I’m going to vote for the Republican ticket because of three reasons. One is the Supreme Court, two is Mike Pence and his steady leadership, and three it’s a No to Hillary Clinton.”
AUDIO: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry discusses support of Donald Trump on DTL. [6:35]