Arizona Congressman Trent Franks on why he’s supporting Trump

May 11, 2016, 6:38 PM | Updated: 9:57 pm


LISTEN: Congressman Trent Franks

One by one, Arizona lawmakers are lining up to support Donald Trump.

Many Republican leaders across the country are wrestling with the idea of supporting Trump, including Arizona Congressman Trent Franks. Franks has struggled with the idea of supporting Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, because he said he wasn’t sure before if Trump could beat Hillary Clinton. He admitted himself that he was one of the most vehement opponents of Trump in the primary season.

“I did not think he was the best our party had to offer, and I also thought that he was our weakest candidate against Hillary Clinton,”  Franks told KTAR’s Mac and Gaydos. “I can only pray desperately that I’m wrong.”

However, now that Trump is the guy, Franks, like many other Republican leaders, have had to find a way to accept it.

“Jesus is not on the ballot. We always need to choose between two flawed people,” Franks said.

However, he said that if it ends up being a choice between Clinton and Trump, he will back Trump.

“Here’s the bottom line. As a Conservative, I may not be able to trust Donald Trump to do the right thing,” Franks said. “But I can trust Hillary Clinton to do the wrong thing every time.”

Franks is particularly concerned about Clinton becoming president and appointing Supreme Court justices that could undermine the Constitution. Franks is the chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

Franks said if does come down to Clinton and Trump,  he will vote for Trump and encourage others to back him.

Trump is the presumptive presidential Republican nominee but has not formally secured the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination.

KTAR’s Corbin Carson contributed to this report. 

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