I cannot stand Trump because I think he's a fraud. Well, I think he's a total fraud that is exploiting these people. — J.D. Vance
I cannot stand Trump because I think he's a fraud. Well, I think he's a total fraud that is exploiting these people. — J.D. Vance
Pro-Trump Senate hopeful J.D. Vance called then-President a 'moral disaster' in 2017 messages

In other anti-Trump comments from 2016, 2017 and 2018 found by CNN's KFile in a review of Vance's media appearances, he agreed that then-candidate Trump was a fraud who he didn't think cared about people and said he might vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 if he really believed Trump could win.

"I cannot stand Trump because I think he's a fraud. Well, I think he's a total fraud that is exploiting these people," Kentucky radio host Matt Jones said to Vance in August 2016.

"I do too," Vance replied. "I agree with you on Trump, because I don't think that he's the person. I don't think he actually cares about folks. I think he just recognizes that there was a hole in the conversation and that hole is that people from these regions of the country, they feel ignored. They feel left out and they feel very frustrated. And I think of course in a lot of ways they feel that way for totally justifiable reasons. So it's a problem that Trump has been the vessel of a lot of that frustration."


In an interview with NPR in August 2016, Vance said he might even vote for Clinton.

"I think there's a chance, if I feel like Trump has a really good chance of winning, that I might have to hold my nose and vote for Hillary Clinton," Vance said.

Trump's policies related to immigration were overly simplistic, Vance said in September 2016, citing Trump's message on building a wall on the southern US border.

"At the heart of Trump's immigration message is that if we had less immigration, we would have much better jobs," he said. "I think it's a lot more complicated than that. My own sense is that Trump definitely simplifies these problems. I don't think if you build a great Mexican wall, all of a sudden, all of these steel mill jobs are going to come back to southern Ohio, but it at least gives people something to latch onto."
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