Ben Stein, the outspoken and very conservative economist and speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, dropped a bombshell during an interview on CNN. Raw Story reports that he is probably, maybe, definitely voting for the Democratic nominee, be it Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders because he thinks Donald Trump is going to “sink” the Republican Party. Wow.
This is the same Ben Stein who called President Barack Obama “the most racist president there has ever been in America” during a visit to Fox News in November 2014. He said the following:
“I don’t think there’s much question that he does not wish America well. He has a real, strong, hatred of America. Is it because he’s part black? I don’t know. Is it because his father was mistreated by the British in Kenya? I don’t know. We don’t know. We just know that in terms of being a forthright, bold leader who takes on our enemies, he’s not there, he’s missing in action.”
Back to election 2016. Ben Stein’s told CNN’s Carol Costello the following about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:
“I went to law school with Ms. Clinton so I’ve always had a kind of fondness for her, she was always a very nice young woman. I admire the fact that Bernie Sanders has a single-payer national health plan.”
Wait, did hell just freeze over or did Ben Stein compliment both of the Democratic nominees? He went on to use that last compliment as a way to get in a dig against Donald Trump
“When I worked for [President Richard Nixon] as a speechwriter, I wrote the message that sent up Mr. Nixon’s proposal for single-payer health plan, but I would like to see it be a Republican, I’ve never voted for a Democrat. But Mr. Trump, I think, is dangerously misinformed. I like him, but he’s dangerously misinformed.”
Stein did have some nice things to say about Marco Rubio but stated that he thought that the Florida senator has pushed a false narrative about Trump not disavowing the KKK or David Duke.
“Mr. Trump definitely did disavow the Ku Klux Klan and to say otherwise is simply not true.”
He didn’t have anything nice to say about Ted Cruz, though. Not a shocker. Here was his tepid comment:
I like Ted Cruz very much. I don’t think he knows very much about economics either.”
Watch courtesy of CNN
What does it say when former GOP speechwriters can’t even muster tepid support for the GOP frontrunner?
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