While Ted Yoho may have a style that at times resembles Donald Trump’s, the firebrand Republican who offered himself as an alternative to Speaker John Boehner this year — and recently signed on as cosponsor of a motion to vacate the chair — seems to understand that presenting Trump as the GOP presidential candidate comes with some pitfalls, reports Roll Call.
“I think it’s an indication to see Donald Trump leading in the polls of what the American people feel,” Yoho told CQ Roll Call just before the August recess. “They’re fed up. I mean, they are fed up to put Donald Trump at the top of the polls? That’s pretty scary.”
Yoho was talking about a fracture in the Republican Party, and he brought up Trump without prompting to explain that divide. And even though Yoho might think it’s “scary” that voters are supporting Trump in large numbers, he seems to understand the frustration.
And as Yoho points out, Trump’s candidacy — which Republicans endorse him and, if he is the nominee, which Republicans refuse to support him — might more clearly reveal some of the fault lines in the party. Yoho could endorse Trump. But he also understands that voters are frustrated.
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