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Thu Nov 3, 2016, 06:26 PM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Embodies All That Is Wrong With Washington, D.C.

Source: Huffington Post

Rep. Jason Chaffetz Embodies All That Is Wrong With Washington, D.C.

11/03/2016 06:22 pm ET

Cody Cain
Writer and commentator in New York City

Why does the public have such a low opinion of Congress?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offers a prime example.

Chaffetz’s true nature was on display during his recent flip-flopping fiasco over whether to support the Republican presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. In the aftermath of the infamous “Access Hollywood” videotape in which Trump is heard making despicable comments about women, Chaffetz publicly dropped his support for Trump.

It sure took Chaffetz an awfully long time to do the right thing. Well before the videotape, Trump’s disdain for women was obvious, as were many of Trump’s other characteristics of moral turpitude. But it took a videotape for Chaffetz to finally disavow Trump.

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The truth, of course, is that Chaffetz has no principles at all. It is obvious what happened here. Chaffetz’s decisions were based entirely upon political calculations. When the videotape scandal broke, Chaffetz made the political calculation that Trump was doomed. So he sought to exploit this for his own political gain by pretending to act out of high moral principles by disavowing Trump. But when Trump survived the scandal, Chaffetz feared that he had made a political miscalculation. So he then reversed himself and returned to supporting Trump. His reversal very clearly shows that moral principles had absolutely nothing to do with it.

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